1 Come, your hearts and voices raising,
Christ the Lord with gladness praising;
Loudly sing His love amazing,
Worthy folk of Christendom.
2 Sin and death may well be groaning,
Satan now may well be moaning;
We, our full salvation owning,
Cast our ev'ry care away.
3 See how God, for us providing,
Gave His Son and life abiding;
He our weary steps is guiding
From earth's woe to heav'nly joy.
4 Christ, from heav'n to us descending
And in love our race befriending,
In our need His help extending,
Saved us from the wily foe.
5 Jacob's star in all its splendor
Beams with comfort sweet and tender,
Forcing Satan to surrender,
Breaking all the pow'rs of hell.
6 From the bondage that oppressed us,
From sin's fetters that possessed us,
From the grief that sore distressed us,
We, the captives, now are free.
7 Oh, the joy beyond expressing
When by faith we grasp this blessing
And to Thee we come confessing
That our freedom Thou hast wrought!
8 Gracious Child, we pray Thee, hear us,
From Thy lowly manger cheer us,
Gently lead us and be near us
Till we join th'angelic choir.
|First Line:||Come, your hearts and voices raising|
|Title:||Come, Your Hearts and Voices Raising|
|German Title:||Kommt und lasst uns Christum ehren|
|Author:||P. Gerhardt, 1607-76|
|Topic:||Nativity of our Lord|
|Source:||The Lutheran Hymnal, St. Louis, 1941, composite (tr.)|
|Source:||14th cent. German carol, Ein Christlich Singebüch fur Layen und gelerten, Bresalu, 1555 (harm.)|