96. Oh, Rejoice, Ye Christians, Loudly

1 Oh, rejoice, ye Christians, loudly,
For our joy hath now begun;
Wondrous things our God hath done.
Tell abroad His goodness proudly
Who our race hath honored thus
That He deigns to dwell with us.
Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness,
Christ hath done away with sadness!
Hence, all sorrow and repining,
For the Sun of Grace is shining!

2 See, my soul, thy Savior chooses
Weakness here and poverty;
In such love He comes to thee.
Nor the manger bed refuses;
All He suffers for thy good,
To redeem thee by His blood.
Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness,
Christ hath done away with sadness!
Hence, all sorrow and repining,
For the Sun of Grace is shining!

3 Lord, how shall I thank Thee rightly?
I acknowledge that by Thee
I am saved eternally.
Let me not forget it lightly,
But to Thee at all times cleave,
And my heart true peace receive.
Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness,
Christ hath done away with sadness!
Hence, all sorrow and repining,
For the Sun of Grace is shining!

4 Jesus, guard and guide Thy members;
Fill Thy brethren with Thy grace,
Hear their prayers in ev'ry place.
Quicken now life's faintest embers;
Grant all Christians, far and near,
Holy peace, a glad New Year!
Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness,
Christ hath done away with sadness!
Hence, all sorrow and repining,
For the Sun of Grace is shining!

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: Oh, rejoice, ye Christians, loudly
Title: Oh, Rejoice, Ye Christians, Loudly
German Title: Freut euch, ihr Christen alle
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863, alt.)
Author: Christian Keimann (1656)
Publication Date: 1941
Meter: 8.7.7.8.7.7.8.8.8.8.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:9
Topic: The Church Year: CHRISTMAS
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: FREUET EUCH, IHR CHRISTEN
Composer: Andreas Hammerschmidt (1646)
Meter: 8.7.7.8.7.7.8.8.8.8.
Key: d minor



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