385. From East to West

1 From east to west, from shore to shore
Let ev'ry heart awake and sing
The holy child whom Mary bore,
The Christ, the everlasting king.

2 Behold, the world's creator wears
The form and fashion of a slave;
Our very flesh our maker shares,
His fallen creatures all to save.

3 For this how wondrously He wrought!
A maiden in her lowly place,
Became, in ways beyond all thought,
The chosen vessel of His grace.

4 And while the angels in the sky
Sang praise above the silent field,
To shepherds poor the Lord Most High,
the one great Shepherd, was revealed.

5 All glory for this blessed morn
To God the Father ever be;
All praise to You, O Virgin-born,
And Holy Ghost eternally.

Text Information
First Line: From east to west, from shore to shore
Title: From East to West
Author: Coelius Sedulius, 5th cent.
Paraphraser: John Ellerton, 1826-93
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: L M
Scripture: Luke 1:26-31; Luke 2:7-11; Psalm 95:1-6; Philippians 2:5-7
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: VOM HIMMEL HOCH
Meter: L M
Key: C Major
Source: Geistliche lieder, Leipzig, 1539, ed. Valten Schumann; The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941 (Setting)



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