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.
|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|
|Scripture:||Luke 1:26-31; Luke 2:7-11; Psalm 95:1-6; Philippians 2:5-7|
|Name:||VOM HIMMEL HOCH|
|Source:||Geistliche lieder, Leipzig, 1539, ed. Valten Schumann; The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941 (Setting)|