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O Thou Joyful, O Thou Wonderful

Full Text

1 O thou joyful, O thou wonderful
Grace revealing Christmas-tide!
Jesus came to win us
From all sin within us;
Glorify the Holy Child!

2 O thou joyful, O thou wonderful
Love revealing Christmas-tide!
Loud hosannas singing
And all praises bringing;
May Thy love with us abide!

3 O thou joyful, O thou wonderful
Peace revealing Christmas-tide!
Darkness disappeareth,
God’s own light now neareth;
Peace and joy to all betide.

Source: The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #282

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 >

Translator: Henry Katterjohn

Born: October 24, 1869, Cincinnati, Ohio. Died: November 4, 1931. Katterjohn was educated at Elmhurst College, Illinois (1888); Eden Seminary, Webster Groves, Missouri (1892); and Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri (MA 1919). Ordained in 1892, he pastored at Evangelical Synod churches in Urbana, Waverly, and Kenton, Ohio. From 1914 to 1921, he edited Sunday school materials. In 1924, he became professor of psychology and religion at Elmhurst College.  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O Thou joyful, O Thou wonderful
Title: O Thou Joyful, O Thou Wonderful
Author: Johann Daniel Falk
Translator: Henry Katterjohn
Language: English; Spanish



SICILIAN MARINERS is traditionally used for the Roman Catholic Marian hymn "O Sanctissima." According to tradition, Sicilian seamen ended each day on their ships by singing this hymn in unison. The tune probably traveled from Italy to Germany to England, where The European Magazine and London Review…

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The Cyber Hymnal #5392
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Small Church Music #702
  • PDF Score (PDF)


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Chalice Hymnal #169TextPage Scan
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #235
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #173
Small Church Music #702Audio
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #282Text
The Christian Life Hymnal #113
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #179
The Cyber Hymnal #5392TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #119
Include 4 pre-1979 instances