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Legend has it that Martin Luther wrote this hymn for his five year old son Hans in 1539, although it was not published until four years later. It was sung at the annual Christmas Eve festival at the Luther home, where a man dressed as an angel would sing the opening verses, then the children would welcome their noble guest.
Vom Himmel Hoch, Da Komm Ich Her
(From Heaven Above to Earth I Come)
Words by Martin Luther, 1539. Translated into English by Catherine Winkworth.
Music by Valentin Schumann, 1539.
|Vom Himmel hoch da komrn ich her,
bring euch gute neue Mär,
der guten Mär bring ich so viel,
davon ich sing’n und sagen will.
Euch ist ein Kindlein heut geborn,
Er ist der Herr Christ, unser Gott,
Lob, Ehr sei Gott im Höchsten Thron,
From Heav’n above to earth I come
To you this night is born a child
This is the Christ, our God and Lord
who unto us his son hath given!
While angels sing with pious mirth
a glad new year to all the earth. .
Max Kade German-American Center
Created: 4 December 2005, SJS
Updated: 13 December 2005, BAS
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