897. O Rejoice, Ye Christians, Loudly

1 O rejoice, ye Christians, loudly,
For our joy has now begun;
Wondrous things our God has done.
Tell abroad his goodness proudly,
Who our race has honored thus,
That He deigns to dwell with us.

Refrain:
Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness,
Christ has done away with sadness!
Hence, all sorrow and repining,
For the Sun of Grace is shining!

2 See, my soul, thy Savior chooses
Weakness here and poverty;
In such love He comes to thee.
Neither crib nor cross refuses;
All He suffers for thy good,
To redeem thee by His blood. [Refrain]

3 Lord, how shall I thank Thee rightly?
I acknowledge that by Thee
I am saved eternally.
Let me not forget it lightly,
But to Thee at all times cleave
And my heart true peace receive. [Refrain]

4 Jesus, guard and guide Thy members,
Fill them with Thy boundless grace,
Hear their prayers in ev'ry place.
Fan to flame faith’s glowing embers;
Grant all Christians, far and near,
Holy peace, a glad new year! [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: O rejoice, ye Christians, loudly
Title: O Rejoice, Ye Christians, Loudly
Author: Christian Keimann, 1607-62
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 877 877 and refrain
Scripture: Luke 2:10-14; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Philippians 2:5-8; John 14:27
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness
Tune Information
Name: FREUET EUCH, IHR CHRISTEN
Composer: Andreas Hammerschmidt, c. 1611-75
Meter: 877 877 and refrain
Key: d minor or modal



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