O du fröhliche

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1 O du fröhliche, o du selige,
gnadenbringende Weihnachtszeit!
Welt ging verloren,
Christ ward geboren,
freue freue dich, o Christenheit!

2 O du fröhliche, O du selige,
Gnadenbringende Weihnachtszeit!
Christ ist erschienen,
Uns zu versühnen
Freue freue dich, o Christenheit!

3 O du fröhliche, O du selige,
Gnadenbringende Weihnachtszeit!
König der Ehren,
Dich woll'n wir ehren,
Freue freue dich, o Christenheit!

Source: Kleines Gesang- und Gebetbuch #80

Author: Johann Daniel Falk

Falk, Johannes Daniel, was born Oct. 28, 1768, at Danzig, where his father was a wig-maker. With a stipend from the Town Council of Danzig, he entered the University of Halle in 1791, where he studied the classics and theology, remaining as a private tutor for some time after completing his course. In 1798 he married and settled as a man of letters at Weimar, where he was welcomed by Herder, Goethe and Wieland, and where he gained some reputation as a writer of satirical works. During the Napoleonic wars, after the battle of Jena, 1806, Falk found his true vocation as a philanthropist, first in the field hospitals and then in the care of destitute children. With the court preacher Horn he founded the "Society of Friends in Need," and shortl… Go to person page >

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First Line: O du fröhliche, o du selige
Title: O du fröhliche
Author: Johann Daniel Falk
Language: German
Notes: English translation: "O thou joyful, O thou blessed" by CSPS; Spanish translation: See "Oh santísimo, felicísimo" by Federico Fliedner; Polish translation: "O blogosławiony"; Swedish translation: See O du seliga, o du heliga; Swahili translation: See "Siku ya furaha, siku ya uzima"
Copyright: Public Domain





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