God from on high hath heard (Henry J. Gauntlett)
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-12-12). Score information: A4, 1 page, 45 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-12-12). Score information: A4, 1 page, 77 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.
- Translation by James Russell Woodford
Original text and translations
God from on high hath heard:
let sighs and sorrows cease.
Lo, from the opening heaven descends
to man the promised peace.
Hark, through the silent night
angelic voices swell;
their joyful songs proclaim that God
is born on earth to dwell.
See how the shepherd-band
speed on with eager feet;
come to the hallowed cave with them
the holy babe to greet.
But O what sight appears
within that lowly door:
a manger, stall, and swaddling clothes,
a child, and mother poor.
Art thou the Christ? the Son?
the Father’s image bright?
and see we him whose arm upholds
earth and the starry height?
Yea, faith can pierce the cloud
which veils thy glory now;
we hail thee God, before whose throne
the angels prostrate bow.
Our sinful pride to cure
with that pure love of thine,
O be thou born within our hearts,
most holy Child divine.