We praise, O Christ, your holy name

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1 We praise, O Christ, your holy name
Truly human child you came,
From virgin born; this word is true.
Your angels are rejoicing, too.

2 Now in the manger one may see
God's Son from eternity,
The Gift from God's eternal throne
Here clothed in our poor flesh and bone.

3 The Virgin Mother lulls to sleep
Him who rules the cosmic deep;
This Infant is the Lord of day,
Whom all the turning world obey.

4 The Light Eternal, breaking through,
Made the world to gleam anew;
His beams have pierced the core of night,
He makes us children of the light,

5 The Prince, God's very Son, came here,
Guest among the sons of fear.
His banner leads us out of woe,
And to his royal hall we go.

6 To earth he came so poor to bring
Great compassion as our King
That rich in glory we might stand
With angels in the heavenly land.

7 Such grace toward us now fills with light
Length and breadth and depth and height!
O endless ages, raise your voice;
O Christendom, rejoice, rejoice!

Source: Worship Supplement #708

Translator: F. Samuel Janzow

F. Samuel Janzow was Professor of English at Concordia University Chicago from 1954 to 1980. NNM Go to person page >

Author (sts. 2-7): 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 >

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First Line: We praise, O Christ, your holy name
Translator: F. Samuel Janzow
Author (sts. 2-7): Martin Luther
Source: St. 1 c. 1370
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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