Immanuel, God with us

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1 Immanuel, God with us!
Bow down, ye heavens, today!
Behold a wondrous glory,
The star of Bethlehem’s ray!
For angels have descended
With message from on high;
Let all the earth keep silence,
Redemption draweth nigh!

2 Strange sight for men and angels!
Lo! the effulgent light
Which led the holy magi
Rests on Judean height!
Stopped in its course celestial,
O’er lowly cattle shed,
Its heavenly beams illumine
An infant’s manger bed.

3 O earth, with all thy kingdoms,
Was there no other place
Wherein to welcome Jesus,
The Lord of life and grace?
No room in royal palace?
No spot within the inn
To shield the Word made human—
The God-man without sin?

4 To make men priests and monarchs,
Joint heirs with Him on high,
The Logos consubstantial
Descendeth from the sky.
Leaving the Father’s brightness,
Leaving His throne of flame,
He comes a helpless infant,
To suffer grief and shame.

5 Depth of humiliation!
Love passing all degree!
Thus to restore to mortals
Their immortality!
Henceforth the race shall triumph,
And foil the serpent’s art:
The laws of stone on Sinai
Be written on the heart!

6 All hail! angelic heralds
Proclaiming peace on earth!
Hail! gracious star of promise,
Sign of a Savior’s birth!
Lift up thy gates, O Zion!
Sing, everlasting hills!
Joy for the God incarnate
The whole creation fills!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9849

Author: Paul E. Kretzmann

Professor Paul E. Kretzman led a group of Lutherans who left church fellowship with some Lutheran congregations in 1956 after he was charged with teaching error in class. He and his followers organized the Lutheran Churches of the Reformation. He wrote several Bible Commentaries and translated many hymns. NN, Hymnary from Go to person page >

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First Line: Immanuel, God with us
Author: Paul E. Kretzmann



ST. THEODULPH (Teschner)

Now often named ST. THEODULPH because of its association with this text, the tune is also known, especially in organ literature, as VALET WILL ICH DIR GEBEN. It was composed by Melchior Teschner (b. Fraustadt [now Wschowa, Poland], Silesia, 1584; d. Oberpritschen, near Fraustadt, 1635) for "Valet wi…

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The Cyber Hymnal #9849
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