A Classic 16th Century Christmas

A Christmas Carol for Children
by Martin Luther
(1534) translated from the original German

Good news from Heaven the angels bring,
Glad tidings to the earth they sing:
To us this day a child is given,
To crown us with the joy of heaven.

This is the Christ, our God and Lord,
Who in all need shall aid afford:
He will Himself our Savior be,
From sin and sorrow set us free.

To us that blessedness He brings,
Which from the Father’s bounty springs:
That in the Heavenly realm we may
With Him enjoy eternal day.

All hail, Thou noble Guest, this morn,
Whose love did not the sinners scorn!
In my distress thou cam’st to me:
What thanks shall I return to Thee?

Were earth a thousand times as fair,
Beset with gold and jewels rare.
She yet were far too poor to be
A narrow cradle, Lord, for Thee.

Ah, dearest Jesus, Holy Child!
Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for thee.

Praise God upon His heavenly throne
Who gave to us His only Son:
For this His hosts, on joyful wing,
A blest New Year of mercy sing.

Martin Luther, as a German monk and theologian is credited with writing many works which included hymns and a low German version of the New Testament which was diligently translated by him. He also has the distinction of being the staunch reformer for Protestantism which is known presently as the Lutheran religion.

Blessed kisses !
Bisous benissant !
Kuessen glueckselig!

from The Castle Lady
ou La Dame des Chateaux
oder Die Schlossdame


About Evelyn

The Castle Lady Official web site: www.ilovecastles.com other blogs: ilovecastles.blogspot.com evelynsrockpages.blogspot.com evelyns-nailsforlife.blogspot.com
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2 Responses to A Classic 16th Century Christmas

  1. ce sont les mots d’un sage là !!!! bisous evelyn


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