39. Once Again My Heart Rejoices

1 Once again my heart rejoices
As I hear
Far and near
Sweetest angel voices.
"Christ is born!" their choirs are singing
Till the air
Now with joy is ringing!

2 Should we still fear God's displeasure,
Who, to save,
Freely gave
His most precious treasure?
To redeem us, he has given
His own Son,
Cherished one,
From his throne in heaven.

3 Hark! his voice, our hearts delighting,
Softly greets,
It entreats,
All the world inviting:
"Children, from the sins that grieve you
You are freed;
All you need
I will surely give you!"

4 Come, then, banish all your sadness,
One and all,
Great and small,
Come with songs of gladness!
Let your thankful hearts now hold him
Savior, dear,
Ever near,
Lovingly enfold him!

Text Information
First Line: Once again my heart rejoices
Title: Once Again My Heart Rejoices
Original Language: German
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1829-78 (alt.)
Author: Paul Gerhardt, 1607-76
Meter: 8 3 3 6 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1982
Topic: Christmas
Tune Information
Composer: Johann Crüger, 1598-1662
Meter: 8 3 3 6 D
Key: D Major
Copyright: Arrangement: Copyright 1982 Concordia Publishing House.

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