1 Christmas is here with joy untold;
Now young and old are rejoicing.
What angels made known to men of old
The lips of all babes are voicing;
Branches from Eden's tree stand bright
With lights that point to the Giver;
All children whose joy is pure and right
May harbor that joy forever.
2 Joy is a guest on earth today;
It comes with Jesus from heaven.
Come, gentle-eyed dove and sparrow gray,
To feasting this morning is giv'n.
Dance, little child, this festal morn,
So rich in grace for each mortal;
Today was our wondrous Savior born;
And opened His kingdom's portal.
3 Christ was a child like you and me,
And helpless lay in the manger.
In Paradise where the angels be
He welcomes each homesick stranger.
He as our Lord among us lives,
Who rules all heaven's dominions.
To those of a child-like faith He gives
In Eden fair angel pinions.
Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #617