12431. Today We Celebrate The Birth

1 Today we celebrate the birth
Of Jesus Christ, who came on earth
Man as His property to claim,
And from perdition to redeem.

2 Awake, my heart! my soul, rejoice!
Look, who in yonder manger lies!
Who is that Child, so poor and mean?
‘Tis He who all things doth sustain.

3 Welcome, O welcome, noble Guest,
Who sinners not despisèd hast,
But cam’st into our misery.
How shall we pay due thanks to Thee?

4 Immanuel, incarnate God,
Prepare my heart for Thy abode;
O may I, through Thy aiding grace,
In all I do, show forth Thy praise.

Text Information
First Line: Today we celebrate the birth
Title: Today We Celebrate The Birth
German Title: Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her
Author: Martin Luther
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: Geistliche Lieder (Wittenberg, Germany, 1543); Tr.: Moravian Hymn Book, 1754 and 1789
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tune: ERFURT from "Geistliche Lieder"
Tune Information
Meter: LM
Key: C Major
Source: Geistliche Lieder (Leipzig, Germany, 1539)
Copyright: Public Domain

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