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A Song of Joy at Dawn

Paul Gerhardt
translated by
Catherine Winkworth

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.

For it dawns — the promised morrow
Of His birth,
Who the earth
Rescues from her sorrow.
God to wear our form descendeth;
Of His grace
To our race
Here His Son He lendeth.

Yea, so truly for us careth,
That His Son
All we've done
As our offering beareth;
As our Lamb who, dying for us,
Bears our load,
And to God
Doth in peace restore us.

Hark! a voice from yonder manger,
Soft and sweet,
Doth entreat,
“Flee from woe and danger;
Brethren, come, from all doth 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!

Ye who pine in weary sadness,
Weep no more,
For the door
Now is found, of gladness.
Cling to Him, for He will guide you
Where no cross,
Pain or loss,
Can again betide you.

Hither come, ye heavy-hearted,
Who for sin
Deep within,
Long and sore have smarted;
For the poison’d wounds you're feeling
Help is near;
One is here
Mighty for their healing!

Hither come, ye poor and wretched;
Know His will
Is to fill
Every hand outstretched;
Here are riches without measure,
Here forget
All regret,
Fill your hearts with treasure.

Blessèd Savior, let me find Thee!
Keep Thou me
Close to Thee,
Cast me not behind Thee!
Life of life, my heart Thou stillest,
Calm I rest
On Thy breast,
All this void Thou fillest.

Thee, dear Lord, with heed I'll cherish,
Live to Thee,
And with Thee,
Dying, shall not perish;
But shall dwell with Thee forever,
Far on high
In the joy
That can alter never.

[from Winkworth’s Lyra Germanica]


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