Children of the earth rejoice
and prostrate all your shame
Raise as one your ransomed voice
and kneel to God again.
No longer let the darkness rule
the souls His scars have saved;
but lift on high the glorious jewel
and stand and walk amazed
The earth is broad; and rich and warm
The daylight of His face
As darkness flees before the morn
That shows His saving grace.
For Christ is born and here in stone
The God who deals with sin
Has through a baby overthrown
the Devil’s hold within.
All the world in troubled gloom
Sleeps a grimly silence.
Victim-heirs of sins first bloom
cloaked in pain and violence
Hark! The sound of angel strains
Glory songs are ringing.
Heaven twined with earth again:
peace and favor bringing
Shepherds in the fields at night,
wise men in their travels,
aged men with keener sight
see your death unravel!
See His wonders, hear His voice
never prophet spoke thus.
Let all earthly men rejoice
Christ our Lord is with us