Scripture Verse

The Word was made flesh. John 1:14


Johann S. Bach (1685–1750)

Words: Am­brose of Mi­lan, cir­ca 397 (Ve­ni, Re­demp­tor gen­ti­um). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Ger­man by Mar­tin Lu­ther, 1524 (Nun Komm der Heid­en Hei­land). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ri­chard Mass­ie, 1854.

Music: Nun komm, En­chi­ri­di­on od­er Hand­büch­lein, Jo­hann Wal­ther (Wit­ten­berg, Ger­ma­ny: 1524). Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach (🔊 pdf nwc).

Ambrose of Milan (340–397)


Savior of the hea­then, known
As the pro­mised vir­gin’s son;
Come Thou won­der of the earth,
God or­dained Thee such a birth.

Not of flesh and blood the son,
Offspring of the Ho­ly One,
Born of Ma­ry ev­er blest,
God in flesh is ma­ni­fest.

Cherished is the ho­ly Child
By the mo­ther un­de­filed;
In the vir­gin, full of grace,
God has made His dwell­ing place.

Lo! He comes! the Lord of all
Leaves His bright and roy­al hall;
God and man, with gi­ant force,
Hastening to run His course.

To the Fa­ther whence He came
He returns with bright­er fame;
Down to hell He goes alone,
Then as­cends to God’s high throne.

Thou, the Fa­ther’s eq­ual, win
Victory in the flesh o’er sin;
So shall man, though weak and frail;
By the in­dwell­ing God pre­vail.

On Thy low­ly man­ger night
Sheds a pure un­wont­ed light;
Darkness must not en­ter here,
Faith abides in sun­shine clear.

Praise be to the Fa­ther done,
Praise be to the on­ly Son,
Praises to the Spir­it be,
Now and to eter­ni­ty.