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O

THOU joyful day, O thou blesséd day,
Holy, peaceful Christmastide!

Earth's hopes awaken,

Christ life has taken,
Laud Him, O laud Him on ev'ry side!

2 0 thou joyful day, O thou blesséd day,

Holy, peaceful Christmastide!

Christ's light is beaming,

Our souls redeeming,
Laud Him, O laud Him on ev'ry side!

3 O thou joyful day, O thou blesséd day,

Holy, peaceful Christmastide!

King of all glory,

We bow before Thee,
Laud Him, O laud Him on ev'ry side!

J. Falk.
B. Schmucker, Tr.

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THERE
THERE came a little Child to earth

Long ago;
And the angels of God proclaimed His birth

High and low.

2 Out in the night so calm and still,

Their song was heard;
For they knew that the Child on Bethle'm

hill
Was Christ the Lord.

3 Far away in the goodly land

Fair and bright,
Children with crowns of glory stand,

Robed in white.
4 They sing, the Lord of heaven so fair,

A Child was born; And that they might His crown of glory

share, Wore crown of thorn. 5 In mortal weakness, want and pain,

He came to die, That the children of earth might in glory

reign With Him on high. 6 And evermore in robes so fair

And undefiled, Those ransomed children His praise declare, Who was a Child.

Anon.

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IMMANUEL! we sing Thy praise,

Thou Prince of life! Thou Fount of grace! With all Thy saints, Thee, Lord, we sing ; Praise, honor, thanks, to Thee we bring!

Hallelujah!
2 E'er since the world began to be,

How many a heart hath longed for Thee!
And Thou, O long expected Guest,
Hast come at last to make us blest!

Hallelujah!

3 Now art Thou here; we know Thee now;

In lowly manger liést Thou:
A child, yet makest all things great;
Poor, yet is earth Thy robe of state.

Hallelujah!

4 Now fearless I can look on Thee:

From sin and grief Thou set'st me free; Thou bearest wrath, Thou conquerest deach, Fear turns to joy Thy glance beneath.

Hallelujah!

5 Thou art my Head, my Lord divine;

I am Thy member, wholly Thine;
And in Thy Spirit's strength would still
Serve Thee according to Thy will.

Hallelujah!

6 Thus will I sing Thy praises here,

With joyful spirit year by year;
And when we reckon years no more,
May I in heaven Thy name adore.
Hallelujah!

C. Winkworth. Tr.

P. Gerhardt.

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SLEEP, my Savior, sleep,

On Thy bed of hay,
Angels in the spangled heaven,
Sing their joyful Christmas carols

Till the dawn of day.

2 Sleep, my Savior, sleep,

On Thy bed of hay,
Ere the morning angel cometh
To the moonlit garden,

Wiping tears away.
3 Sleep, my Savior, sleep,

Sweet on Mary's breast;
Now the shepherds kneel adoring,
Now the mother's heart is joyous,

Take a happy rest.

4 Sleep, my Savior, sleep,

Sweet on Mary's breast;
Crucified with wounds and bruises,
Bleeding, purple, stained, disfigured,

One day Thou wilt rest.

Anon.

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LO
O, HOW a rose e'er blooming

From tender stem hath sprung,
Of Jesse's race is coming,

As men of old have sung.
It came a flow'ret bright, ·
Amid the cold of winter,
When half-spent was the night.

2 Isaiah 'twas foretold it,

The Rose I have in mind, With Mary we behold it,

The Virgin-mother kind.

To shew God's love aright
She bore to men a Savior,
When half-spent was the night.

3 The shepherds heard the story

Proclaimed by angels bright,
How Christ, the Lord of glory,

Was born on earth this night.
To Bethlehem they sped;
And in a manger found Him,
As angel-heralds said.

4 O sweetest Flower, I love Thee!

A light pure and divine,
In beauty shine above me,

Fill Thou my heart's deep shrine !
All darkness drive away,
Save me from sin and sorrow,
Let me be blest for aye!

Trier Gesangbuch.
St. 1.-Composite, Tr.
St. 4.-H. Brueckner, Tr.

96 WHAT is new upon the earth ?

What fresh wonder goeth forth, That its ways are full of pilgrims, And its dwellings full of mirth.

2 Sounds of gladness on the air!

Happy faces ev'rywhere!
Tell us, O ye silent virgins,
Wherefore is the night so fair ?

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