We Christians may rejoice (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: harmonization from Cantata #110 'Unser Mund sei voll Lachens'
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Edition notes: English version, from Christmas Oratorio, 3rd day of Christmas
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Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: English version, from Cantata #40 'Dazu ist Erschienen der Sohn Gottes'

General Information

Title: We Christians May Rejoice
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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1. We Christians may
Rejoice today,
When Christ was born to comfort and to save us;
Who thus believes
No longer grieves,
For none are lost who grasp the hope He gave us.
 
2. O wondrous joy!
That God most high
Should take our flesh, and thus our race should honour;
A virgin mild
Hath borne this Child,
Such grace and glory God hath put upon her.
 
3. Sin brought us grief,
But Christ relief,
When down to earth He came for our salvation;
Since God with us
Is dwelling thus,
Who dares to speak the Christian's condemnation?
 
4. Then hither throng,
With happy song,
To him Whose birth and death are our assurance;
Through Whom are we
At last set free
From sins and burdens that surpassed endurance;
 
5. Yes, let us praise
Our God and raise
Loud hallelujahs to the skies above us
The bliss bestowed
Today by God
To ceaseless thankfulness and joy should move us.