Sunday, December 20, 2009

All My Heart This Night Rejoices!


All my heart this night rejoices
As I hear
Far and near
Sweetest angel voices,
"Christ is born," their choirs are singing
Till the air
Now with joy is ringing.
Forth today the Conqueror goeth,
Who the foe,
Sin and woe,
Death and hell, o'erthroweth.
God is man, man to deliver;
His dear Son
Now is one
With our blood forever.
Shall we still dread God's displeasure,
Who, to save,
Freely gave
His most cherished Treasure?
To redeem us, he hath given
His own Son
From the throne
Of his might in heaven.
He becomes the Lamb that taketh
Sin away
And for aye
For our life his own he tenders;
And our race,
By his grace,
Meet for glory renders.
Hark! A voice from yonder manger,
Soft and sweet,
Doth entreat:
"Flee from woe and danger.
Brethren, from all ills that grieve you,
You are freed;
All you need
I will surely give you.
Come, then, let us hasten yonder;
Here let all,
Great and small,
Kneel in awe and wonder.
Love him who with love is yearning;
Hail the star
That from far,
Bright with hope is burning.
Dearest Lord, thee will I cherish.
Though my breath
Fail in death,
Yet I shall not perish,
But with thee abide forever
There on high,
In that joy
Which can vanish never.
Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676)
Translated by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)


Anonymous Lynn said...

That was really beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!


2:24 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Thank you, Lynn! God's blessings to you and your family!

3:04 PM  

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