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Now Praise We Christ, the Holy One

"Now Praise We Christ, the Holy One"

by Dr. Martin Luther, 1483-1546

Text From:

THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL

(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942), pp. 85-86

 

Now Praise We Christ, the Holy One

1. Now praise we Christ, the Holy One,

The blessed Virgin Mary's Son,

Far as the glorious sun doth shine,

E'en to the world's remote confine.

2. He who Himself all things did make

A servant's form vouchsafed to take

That He as man mankind might win

And save His creatures from their sin.

3. The grace and power of God the Lord

Upon the mother was outpoured;

A virgin pure and undefiled

In wondrous wise conceived a child.

4. The noble mother bore a Son,--

For so did Gabriel's promise run,--

Whom John confessed and leaped with joy

Ere yet the mother knew her boy.

5. Upon a manger filled with hay

In poverty content He lay;

With milk was fed the Lord of all,

Who feeds the ravens when they call.

6. The heavenly choirs rejoice and raise

Their voice to God in songs of praise.

To humble shepherds is proclaimed

The Shepherd who the world hath framed.

7. All honor unto Christ be paid,

Pure Offspring of the favored maid,

With Father and with Holy Ghost,

Till time in endless time be lost.

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Notes:

104 from the Handbook to The Lutheran Hymnal

Text: Phil. 2: 6,7

Author: Martin Luther (German version), 1524, ab.

Poem by: Coelius Sedulius, c. 450

Poem titled: "Paean Alphabeticus de Christo"

Translated by: Richard Massie, 1854, alt.

Titled: A solis ortus cardine

Tune: Christum wir sollen loben schon

1st Published in: "Enchiridion"

Town: Erfurt, 1524