Tune: Vom Himmel hoch
Rejoice, ye sons of men, alway!
God comes to you from heav’n today;
The Lord is born a little child
Of Mary, chosen virgin mild.
He is the Branch of Jesse’s tree,
The Lion out of Judah He,
The Gentiles’ Light, the promised Seed
Who was to bruise the Serpent’s head.
He brings us peace and happiness
And heals all sorrow and distress
Which on account of Adam’s fall
Forever weighed upon us all.
Through His low birth and holy blood
We all are saved by Christ, true God;
The angels’ glory we shall share
And in His kingdom live fore’er.
Freut euch, ihr Menschenkinder all
Cornelius Freund, d. 1591
Tr. August Crull, alt.
Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-Book, 1927, No. 151
German Text (coming soon)