"Christians, Sing Out with Exultation"
                   by Benedict Pictet, c.1650-c. 1710
                Translated by Henry L. Jenner, 1820-1898
                                 Text From:
           (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)p.82

        1. Christians, sing out with exultation
        And praise your Benefactor's name!
        Today the Author of salvation,
        The Father's Well-beloved, came.
        Of undefiled virgin mother
        An Infant, all divine, was born,
        And God Himself became your Brother
        Upon this happy Christmas morn.

        2. In Him eternal might and power
        To human weakness hath inclined;
        And this poor Child brings richest dower
        Of gifts and graces to mankind.
        While here His majesty disguising,
        A servant's form the Master wears,
        Behold the beams of glory rising
        E'en from His poverty and tears.

        3. A stable serves Him for a dwelling
        And for a bed a manger mean;
        Yet o'er His head, His advent telling,
        A new and wondrous star is seen.
        Angels rehearse to men the story,
        The joyful story, of His birth;
        To Him they raise the anthem -- "Glory
        To God on high and peace on earth!"

        4. For through this holy incarnation
        The primal curse is done away;
        And blessed peace o'er all creation
        Hath shed its pure and gentle ray.
        Then, in that heavenly concert joining,
        0 Christian men, with one accord,
        Your voices tunefully combining,
        Salute the birthday of your Lord.

Notes: Hymn #100 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: I John 4:2 Author: Benedict Pictet, 1705, ab. Translated by: Henry L. Jenner, 1886 Titled: "Faisons eclater notre joie" Composer: Louis Bourgeois, 1544 Tune: "Navarre"
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