Lord Jesus Christ, of virgin born

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1 Lord Jesus Christ, of Virgin born,
To redeem a world forlorn,
Good news to us the angels bring,
And we with them Thy praises sing.

2 Thou only Son of God open high,
Now dost in a manger lie;
Thou takest on our flesh and blood,
Lord, Jesus, Thou eternal Good.

3 Thou whom the world cannot enclose
Dost in Mary's arms repose;
Thou art become an infant small,
Who by Thy might upholdest all.

4 Thou, Light eternal, dost illume
All the world engulfed in gloom;
Thou shinest in the midst of night
And makest us the sons of light.

5 Thou Who as very God art blest,
In this world art now a guest;
Thou dwellest with us here below,
That we to heav'n above may go.

6 Thou while on earth wast poor indeed,
Humbly sharing all our need,
That like the angels we might be
And evermore Thy glory see.

7 All this, Thy wondrous love to seal,
Thou dost now to us reveal;
Then let all Christendom rejoice
And sing Thy praise with gladsome voice.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #344

Author: Martin Luther

Luther, Martin, born at Eisleben, Nov. 10, 1483; entered the University of Erfurt, 1501 (B.A. 1502, M.A.. 1503); became an Augustinian monk, 1505; ordained priest, 1507; appointed Professor at the University of Wittenberg, 1508, and in 1512 D.D.; published his 95 Theses, 1517; and burnt the Papal Bull which had condemned them, 1520; attended the Diet of Worms, 1521; translated the Bible into German, 1521-34; and died at Eisleben, Feb. 18, 1546. The details of his life and of his work as a reformer are accessible to English readers in a great variety of forms. Luther had a huge influence on German hymnody. i. Hymn Books. 1. Ellich cristlich lider Lobgesang un Psalm. Wittenberg, 1524. [Hamburg Library.] This contains 8 German h… Go to person page >

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Author: Martin Luther


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