The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.@Isaiah 9:2
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Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Martin Luther, 1535 (Gelobet seist du Jesu Christ); translated from German to English by an unknown author in the Sabbath Hymn Book (Andover, Massachusetts: 1858).

Puer Nobis Nascitur Trier manuscript, 15th Century Adapted by Michael Praetorius, 1609; harmony by George R. Woodward, 1910 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
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Hans Baldung (1484-1545)

All praise to Thee, eternal Lord,
Clothed in a garb of flesh and blood;
Choosing a manger for Thy throne,
While worlds on worlds are Thine alone.

Once did the skies before Thee bow;
A virgin’s arms contain Thee now,
While angels, who in Thee rejoice,
Now listen for Thine infant voice.

A little child, Thou art our guest,
That weary ones in Thee may rest;
Forlorn and lowly is Thy birth;
That we may rise to Heaven from earth.

Thou comest in the darksome night
To make us children of the light;
To make us, in the realms divine,
Like Thine own angels round Thee shine.

All this for us Thy love hath done;
By this to Thee our love is won;
For this we tune our cheerful lays,
And sing our thanks in ceaseless praise.