136. O Jesus Christ, All Praise to Thee

1 O Jesus Christ, all praise to Thee,
Thou who art pleased a Man to be;
To dwell with men Thou dost not scorn,
And angels shout to see Thee born,

2 Th'eternal Father's only Son
Now takes a manger for His throne:
The everlasting fount of good,
Assumes our mortal flesh and blood.

3 He whom the world cannot enclose
In Mary's bosom doth repose;
To be a little Child He deigns
Who all things by Himself sustains.

4 Th'eternal Light to us descends,
Its brightness to the earth it lends,
And purely shines upon our night,
To make us children of the light.

5 The only Son, true God confessed,
To His own world now comes a Guest;
And through this vale of tears our Guide,
Doth in His heav'n our home provide.

6 In poorest guise to us He came,
Himself He bears our sin and shame,
That, as His heirs in heav'n above,
We may with angels share His love.

7 His love to show, surpassing thought!
God's Son this wondrous work hath wrought;
Then let us all unite to raise
Our song of glad, unceasing praise.

Text Information
First Line: O Jesus Christ, all praise to Thee
Title: O Jesus Christ, All Praise to Thee
German Title: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ
Author (st. 2-7): M. Luther, 1483-1546
Translator: A. T. Russell, 1806-74
Meter: L M with Alleluias
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Nativity of our Lord
Source: German 1370, st. 1; Latin , 11th cent.
Tune Information
Meter: L M with Alleluias
Key: B♭ Major
Source: German melody, 15th cent.

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