Ye Christians, sing a joyful lay

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1 Ye Christians, sing a joyful lay
To God, the Holy One,
Who heaven's door flings wide today
And sends to earth His Son,
And sends to earth His Son.

2 He leaves the Father's throne on high,
Is born an infant small,
Doth in a lowly manger lie,
Is sheltered in a stall,
Is sheltered in a stall.

3 His royal pow'r He lays aside,
Becomes like mortal man,
And here below doth He abide
Who laid creation's plan,
Who laid creation's plan.

4 He is the heir of David's throne,
And yet God's only Son,
By whose unbounded grace alone
The kingdom must be won,
The kingdom must be won.

5 He serve, that He may set me free
And well supply my need;
What more could Jesus do for me?
He is my help indeed,
He is my help indeed.

6 Again He opens wide the door
To blissful Paradise;
The cherub guards the gate no more,
O let your praises rise!

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #355

Author: Herman H. Brueckner

Born: March 11, 1866, Grundy County, Iowa (birth name: Herman Heinrich Moritz Brueckner). Died: January 25, 1942, Hebron, Nebraska (funeral held in Beatrice, Nebraska). Buried: St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Waverly, Iowa. After ordination in 1888, Brueckner pastored in Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. He later moved to Iowa City, Iowa, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in 1917. In 1926, he joined the faculty of Hebron College in Nebraska. In 1938, Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him. He retired as professor emeritus from Hebron College in 1941. Sources: Erickson, p. 254 Findagrave, accessed 14 Nov 2016 Hustad, p. 213 Stulken, p.… Go to person page >

Author: Nikolaus Herman

Herman, Nicolaus, is always associated with Joachimsthal in Bohemia, just over the mountains from Saxony. The town was not of importance till the mines began to be extensively worked about 1516. Whether Herman was a native of this place is not known, but he was apparently there in 1518, and was certainly in office there in 1524. For many years he held the post of Master in the Latin School, and Cantor or Organist and Choirmaster in the church. Towards the end of his life he suffered greatly from gout, and had to resign even his post as Cantor a number of years before his death. He died at Joachimsthal, May 3, 1561. (Koch, i. 390-398; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, xii. 186-188, &c.) He was a great friend and helper of J. Mathesius (q.v.)… Go to person page >

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First Line: Ye Christians, sing a joyful lay
Author: Herman H. Brueckner
Author: Nikolaus Herman


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