Give heed, my heart, lift up thine eyes

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1 Give heed, my heart, lift up thine eyes;
Who is it in you manger lies?
Who is this Child, so young and fair?
The blessed Christ-child lieth there.

2 Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make Thee a bed, soft-undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.

3 My heart for very joy doth leap,
My lips no more can silence keep;
I too must sing with joyful tongue,
That sweetest ancient cradle-song:

4 Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with pious mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.

Amen.

Source: Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #51

Author: Martin Luther

Luther, Martin, born at Eisleben, Nov. 10, 1483; entered the University of Erfurt, 1501 (B.A. 1502, M.A.. 1503); became an Augustinian monk, 1505; ordained priest, 1507; appointed Professor at the University of Wittenberg, 1508, and in 1512 D.D.; published his 95 Theses, 1517; and burnt the Papal Bull which had condemned them, 1520; attended the Diet of Worms, 1521; translated the Bible into German, 1521-34; and died at Eisleben, Feb. 18, 1546. The details of his life and of his work as a reformer are accessible to English readers in a great variety of forms. Luther had a huge influence on German hymnody. i. Hymn Books. 1. Ellich cristlich lider Lobgesang un Psalm. Wittenberg, 1524. [Hamburg Library.] This contains 8 German h… Go to person page >

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth is "the most gifted translator of any foreign sacred lyrics into our tongue, after Dr. Neale and John Wesley; and in practical services rendered, taking quality with quantity, the first of those who have laboured upon German hymns. Our knowledge of them is due to her more largely than to any or all other translators; and by her two series of Lyra Germanica, her Chorale Book, and her Christian Singers of Germany, she has laid all English-speaking Christians under lasting obligation." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Give heed, my heart, lift up thine eyes
German Title: Vom Himmel hoch da komm' ich her
Author: Martin Luther
Translator: Catherine Winkworth
Language: English

Tune

VOM HIMMEL HOCH

Initially Luther used the folk melody associated with his first stanza as the tune for this hymn. Later he composed this new tune for his text. VOM HIMMEL HOCH was first published in Valentin Schumann's Geistliche Lieder in 1539. Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) used Luther's melody in three places in his wel…

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JESU REDEMPTOR OMNIUM (17122)


LONG MILFORD


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