Savior of the nations, come;
Virgin’s Son, here make Thy home!
Marvel now, O heaven and earth,
That the Lord chose such a birth.
Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child
Of the virgin undefiled!
Though by all the world disowned,
Still to be in heaven enthroned.
Brightly doth Thy manger shine,
Glorious is its light divine.
Let not sin o’ercloud this light;
Ever be our faith thus bright.
Praise to God the Father sing,
Praise to God the Son, our King,
Praise to God the Spirit be
Ever and eternally.
Words: Ambrose of Milan, circa 397 (Veni Redemptor gentium); translated from Latin to German by Martin Luther, 1523; translated from German to English by William M. Reynolds, 1851.
Music: Nun Komm, Enchiridion Oder Handbüchlein, Johann Walther (Wittenberg, Germany: 1524)
Recording: David Tolk, Christmas