57. 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 day 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 Saviour 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 heavens 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
German Title: Von Himmel hoch, da komm 'ich her
Author: Martin Luther, 1483-1546
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878 (alt.)
Meter: L.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 2010
Topic: Hymns for the Church Year: Christmas
Notes: Another setting of VOM HIMMEL HOCH (ERFURT) is found at 79
Tune Information
Composer: Valentin Schumann, fl. 1st half of 16th century
Arranger: Anonymous
Meter: L.M.
Key: C Major
Source: Geistliche Lieder, Leipzig, 1639

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