129. Good Christian Friends, Rejoice

1 Good Christian friends, rejoice
with heart and soul and voice;
now give heed to what we say:
Jesus Christ was born today;
Ox and ass before him bow,
asleep within the manger now.
Christ is born today,
Christ is born today!

2 Good Christian friends, rejoice
with heart and soul and voice;
now you know of endless bliss:
Jesus Christ was born for this!
God has opened heaven's door,
and you are blessed forevermore.
Christ was born for this,
Christ was born for this!

3 Good Christian friends, rejoice
with heart and soul and voice;
now ye need not fear the grave:
Jesus Christ was born to save!
Calls you one and calls you all
to gain his everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save,
Christ was born to save!

Text Information
First Line: Good Christian friends, rejoice
Title: Good Christian Friends, Rejoice
Translator: John Mason Neale (1855, alt.)
Publication Date: 1995
Meter: 6.6.7.7.7.8.5.5.
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-11
Topic: Christmas; Jesus Christ: Birth and Infancy
Source: German and Latin, 14th century
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: IN DULCI JUBILO
Harmonizer: John Stainer (1871, adapt.)
Composer (descant): H. A. Chambers (1931)
Meter: 6.6.7.7.7.8.5.5.
Key: F Major or modal
Source: German melody, 14th century



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