220. From Heaven High I Come to You

1 "From heaven high I come to you,
I bring you tidings good and new;
glad tidings of great joy I bring,
whereof I now will say and sing.

2 "To you this night is born a child
of Mary, chosen virgin mild;
this little child, of lowly birth,
shall be the joy of all the earth.

3 "This is the Christ, our God and Lord,
who in all need shall aid afford;
he will himself your Savior be
from all your sins to set you free.

4 "These are the tokens ye shall mark:
the swaddling clothes and manger dark:
there ye shall find the infant laid
by whom the heav'ns and earth were made."

5 Now let us all with gladsome cheer
go with the shepherds and draw near
to see the precious gift of God,
who hath his own dear Son bestowed.

6 Welcome to earth, thou noble guest,
through whom the sinful world is blest!
In my distress thou com'st to me;
what thanks shall I return to thee?

Text Information
First Line: From heaven high I come to you
Title: From Heaven High I Come to You
Author: Martin Luther (1535)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1855; alt.; Alt. 1961)
Publication Date: 1990
Meter: L.M.
Scripture: Luke 2:14; Luke 2:10-12
Language: English
Tune Information
Attributed to: Martin Luther
Meter: L.M.
Key: C Major
Source: V. Schumann's Geistliche Lieder, 1539

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