"Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice"

                          by Martin Luther, 1483-1546

                                  Text From:

                              THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL

                 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

        1. Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice,

        With exultation springing,

        And, with united heart and voice

        And holy rapture singing,

        Proclaim the wonders God hath done,

        How His right arm the victory won;

        Right dearly it hath cost Him.

        2. Fast bound in Satan's chains I lay,

        Death brooded darkly o'er me,

        Sin was my torment night and day,

        In sin my mother bore me;

        Yea, deep and deeper still I fell,

        Life had become a living hell,

        So firmly sin possessed me.

        3. My own good works availed me naught,

        No merit they attaining;

        Free will against God's judgment fought,

        Dead to all good remaining.

        My fears increased till sheer despair

        Left naught but death to be my share;

        The pangs of hell I suffered.

        4. But God beheld my wretched state

        Before the world's foundation,

        And, mindful of His mercies great,

        He planned my soul's salvation.

        A father's heart He turned to me,

        Sought my redemption fervently:

        He gave His dearest Treasure.

        5. He spoke to His beloved Son:

        'Tis time to have compassion.

        Then go, bright Jewel of My crown,

        And bring to man salvation;

        From sin and sorrow set him free,

        Slay bitter death for him that he

        May live with Thee forever.

        6. This Son obeyed His Father's will,

        Was born of virgin mother,

        And God's good pleasure to fulfill,

        He came to be my Brother.

        No garb of pomp or power He wore,

        A servant's form, like mine, He bore,

        To lead the devil captive.

        7.To me He spake: Hold fast to Me,

        I am thy Rock and Castle;

        Thy Ransom I Myself will be,

        For thee I strive and wrestle;

        For I am with thee, I am thine,

        And evermore thou shalt be Mine;

        The Foe shall not divide us.

        8. The Foe shall shed My precious blood,

        Me of My life bereaving.

        All this I suffer for thy good;

        Be steadfast and believing.

        Life shall from death the victory win,

        My innocence shall bear thy sin;

        So art thou blest forever.

        9. Now to My Father I depart,

        The Holy Spirit sending

        And, heavenly wisdom to impart,

        My help to thee extending.

        He shall in trouble comfort thee,

        Teach thee to know and follow Me,

        And in all truth shall guide thee.

        10. What I have done and taught, teach thou,

        My ways forsake thou never;

        So shall My kingdom flourish now

        And God be praised forever.

        Take heed lest men with base alloy

        The heavenly treasure should destroy;

        This counsel I bequeath thee.

Notes: Hymn 387 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Rom. 3: 28 Author: Martin Luther, 1523 Translated by: Richard Massie, 1854, alt. Titled: "Nun freut euch, liebe Christen g'mein" Tune: "Nun freut euch" 1st Published in: _Etlich' christliche Lieder_ Town: Wittenberg, 1524
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