O Joy Of Earth!

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1 O joy of earth! A Savior’s birth
To fallen man is granted;
The song of love is sung above,
And shepherds hear it chanted.

2 Their wakeful eyes with glad surprise
See white-robed angels shining;
The ravished ear a song can hear,
All melody combining:

3 "Be glory given in highest Heaven,
To God through years unending;
On earth may peace and love increase
God will to men descending."

4 In haste they seek that Infant meek,
Whose cradle is a manger,
And at His feet with homage meet
They hail the Heaven-born stranger.

5 And we with them in Bethlehem
Will seek the Lord of glory,
Will sing His praise through endless days
And tell His wondrous story.

6 Sweet Babe, so frail! The thorn, the nail
Shall cause Thee bitter sorrow;
But soon Thy night shall end in light,
And bring an Easter morrow.

7 Thy star divine shall ever shine
To guide the pilgrim stranger;
While faith shall own Thy love alone,
And worship at Thy manger!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8338

Author: John Anketell

Anketell, John, M.A., was born at New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A., March 8, 1835, and educated at Yale College, and the University of- Halle-Wittenberg, Prussian Saxony. He was ordained deacon of the American Episcopalian Church in 1859, and priest in 1860. He founded (Stanza John's (American) Episcopal Church in Dresden in 1869. Subsequently he became Professor of Hebrew and Greek Exegesis in the Seabury Divinity School. Mr. Anketell published in 1889 Gospel and Epistle Hymns for the Christian Year, N.Y. He has also translated about 120 hymns from the German, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Danish, Italian, and Syriac, which were published in the Church Review, N.Y., 1876 and later, and in other periodicals. A few of those from the L… Go to person page >

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First Line: O joy of earth! A Savior’s birth
Title: O Joy Of Earth!
Author: John Anketell
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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