5758. Rejoice, Rejoice, Ye Christians

1. Rejoice, rejoice, ye Christians,
with all your heart this morn!
O hear the blessèd tidings,
the Lord, the Christ is born,
Now brought us by the angels
that stand about God’s throne;
O lovely are the voices
that make such tidings known!

2. O hearken to their singing!
This Child shall be your Friend;
The Father so hath willed it,
that thus your woes should end.
The Son is freely given,
that in Him ye may have
The Father’s grace and blessing,
and know He loves to save.

3. Nor deem the form too lowly
that clothes Him at this hour;
For know ye what it hideth?
’Tis God’s almighty power.
Though now within the manger
so poor and weak He lies,
He is the Lord of all things,
He reigns above the skies.

4. Sin, death, and hell, and Satan
have lost the victory;
This Child shall overthrow them,
as ye shall surely see;
Their wrath shall aught avail them;
fear not, their reign is o’er;
This Child shall overthrow them;
Oh hear and doubt no more.

Text Information
First Line: Rejoice, rejoice, ye Christians
Title: Rejoice, Rejoice, Ye Christians
German Title: Freut euch ihr Christen
Translator (from German): Catherine Winkworth (1863)
Meter: 76.76 D
Language: English
Source: Geistliche Lieder (Magdeburg, Germany: 1540); Translation in Chorale Book for England (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts and Green, 1863), number 32
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Melchior Teschner (1613)
Meter: 76.76 D
Incipit: 15567 11321 17115
Key: C Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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