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Dies ist der Tag, den Gott gemacht

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1. Dies ist der Tag, den Gott gemacht,
Sein werd in aller Weld gedacht;
Ihn preise, was durch Jesum Christ
Im Himmel und auf Erden ist!

2. Die Völker haben dein geharrt,
Bis daß die Zeit erfüllet ward;
Da sandte Gott von seinem Thron
Das Heil der Welt, Dich, seinen Sohn.

3. Wenn ich dies Wunder fassen will,
So steht mein Geist vor Ehrfurcht still,
Er betet an und er ermißt,
Daß Gottes Lieb unendlich ist.

4. Damit der Sünder Gnad erhält,
Erniedrigst du dich, Herr der Welt,
Nimmst selbst an unsrer Menschheit Teil,
Erscheinst im Fleisch und wirst uns Heil.

5. Herr, der du Mensch geboren wirst,
Immanuel und Friedefürst,
Auf den die Väter hoffend sahn,
Dich Gott, Messias, bet ich an!

6. Du, unser Heil und höchstes Gut,
Vereinest dich mit Fleisch und Blut,
Wirst unser Freund und Bruder hier,
Und Gottes Kinder werden wir.

7. Dies ist der Tag, den Gott gemacht,
Sein werd in aller Welt gedacht;
Ihn preise, was durch Jesum Christ
Im Himmel und auf Erden ist!

Source: Kirchenbuch für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden #52

Author: Christian Fürchtegott Gellert

Gellert, Christian Fürchtegott, son of Christian Gellert, pastor at Hainichen in the Saxon Harz, near Freiberg, was born at Hainichen, July 4, 1715. In 1734 he entered the University of Leipzig as a student of theology, and after completing his course acted for some time as assistant to his father. But then, as now, sermons preached from manuscript were not tolerated in the Lutheran Church, and as his memory was treacherous, he found himself compelled to try some other profession. In 1739 he became domestic tutor to the sons of Herr von Lüttichau, near Dresden, and in 1741 returned to Leipzig to superintend the studies of a nephew at the University. He also resumed his own studies. He graduated M.A. 1744; became in 1745 private tutor or l… Go to person page >

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First Line: Dies ist der Tag, den Gott gemacht
Author: Christian Fürchtegott Gellert (1757)
Language: German
Copyright: Public Domain




Initially Luther used the folk melody associated with his first stanza as the tune for this hymn. Later he composed this new tune for his text. VOM HIMMEL HOCH was first published in Valentin Schumann's Geistliche Lieder in 1539. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used Luther's melody in three places in his wel…

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