9526. Behold, The Joyful Day Is Nigh

1 Behold, the joyful day is nigh,
And angels’ voices from on high
Proclaim the news in early morn
That the Good Shepherd now is born.

2 In quiet splendor forth He comes,
The scattered sheep and tender lambs
To gather, and their fold prepare
With all a shepherd’s tender care.

3 The gentle Shepherd we behold
Who, not with silver and with gold,
But by His suffering and His death
Will save us from eternal wrath.

4 His Church, though small its seed may be,
Shall grow into a mighty tree.
With fruitful branches spreading o’er
The earth till time shall be no more.

5 HIs Word shall like a gentle rain
Make all the earth rejoice again,
And yield a rich and blest increase
In truth, and purity, and peace.

6 And Heaven and earth shall pass away,
Yet shall His Word remain for aye;
All tongues shall soon with one accord
Proclaim Him Savior, God and Lord.

7 Arise and shine, thy Light is come,
O humankind, O Christendom;
Thy glory and thy peace is here;
The Savior of the world draws near.

8 All praise and glory be to Thee;
For wisdom, power, and majesty;
And for Thy grace, and mercy, Lord,
Forever be Thy name adored.

Text Information
First Line: Behold, the joyful day is nigh
Title: Behold, The Joyful Day Is Nigh
Author: Johan O. Wallin, 1779-1839
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: Translator unknown; Hymnal, Rock Island, IL: Lutheran Augustana Book Concern, 1899)
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Johann S. Bach
Meter: LM
Key: C Major
Source: Geistliche Lieder (Leipzig, Germany, 1539)
Copyright: Public Domain

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