From Heaven Above to Earth I Come lyrics:
From heaven above to earth I come
To bear good news to every home
Glad tidings of great joy I bring
Whereof I now will say and sing.
"To you this night is born a child
Of Mary, chosen virgin mild
This little child, of lowly birth
Shall be the joy of all the earth."
"This is the Christ, our God and Lord
Who in all need shall aid afford
He will Himself your Savior be
From all your sins to set you free."
"He will on you the gifts bestow
Prepared by God for all below
That in His kingdom, bright and fair
You may with us His glory share."
"These are the tokens ye shall mark
The swaddling-clothes and manger dark
There ye shall find the Infant laid
By whom the heavens and earth were made."
Now let us all with gladsome cheer
Go with the shepherds and draw near
To see the precious gift of God,
Who hath His own dear Son bestowed.
Give heed, my heart, lift up thine eyes!
What is it in yon manger lies?
Who is this child, so young and fair?
The blessed Christ-child lieth there.
Welcome to earth, Thou noble Guest,
Through whom the sinful world is blest!
Thou com'st to share my misery
What thanks shall I return to Thee?
Ah, Lord, who hast created all
How weak art Thou, how poor and small
That Thou dost choose Thine infant bed
Where humble cattle lately fed!
Were earth a thousand times as fair
Beset with gold and jewels rare
It yet were far too poor to be
A narrow cradle, Lord, for Thee.
For velvets soft and silken stuff
Thou hast but hay and straw so rough
Whereon Thou, King, so rich and great
As 'twere Thy heaven, art throned in state.
And thus, dear Lord, it pleaseth Thee
To make this truth quite plain to me
That all the world's wealth, honor, might
Are naught and worthless in Thy sight.
Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child
Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.
My heart for very joy doth leap
My lips no more can silence keep
I, too, must sing with joyful tongue
That sweetest ancient cradle-song.
Glory to God in highest heaven
Who unto us His Son hath given!
While angels sing with pious mirth
A glad new year to all the earth.
About this song:
"From heaven above to earth I come" is based on a German song, "Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her" written by Martin Luther in 1535. It was translated to English by Katherine Winkworth.