This year we are going to blog our way through the whole season of Advent & Christmas sharing one song a day! In week 1 we looked at advent songs that draw from OT language. In week 2 we are looking at some popular advent hymns that have been retuned!
“All Praise to Thee, Eternal God,” is based on a 11th century Latin sequence, Grates nunc omnes reddamus, which had become popular in the vernacular throughout Germany. It was first found in manuscript around 1370, and there is some evidence that it might even have been sung in the services of the church before the Reformation, with the priests doing the singing and the congregation joining at the close of each stanza by chanting “Kyrie, Eleison!” To this, Martin Luther added six stanzas and published the hymn first on broadsheet in late 1523 or early 1524, and then in Erfurt Enchiridia, 1524. (reference)
All praise to Thee, eternal Lord,
Clothed in a garb of flesh and blood;
Choosing a manger for Thy throne,
While worlds on worlds are Thine alone.
Once did the skies before Thee bow;
A virgin’s arms contain Thee now,
While angels, who in Thee rejoice,
Now listen for Thine infant voice.
A little child, Thou art our guest,
That weary ones in Thee may rest;
Forlorn and lowly is Thy birth;
That we may rise to Heaven from earth.
Thou comest in the darksome night
To make us children of the light;
To make us, in the realms divine,
Like Thine own angels round Thee shine.
All this for us Thy love hath done;
By this to Thee our love is won;
For this we tune our cheerful lays,
And sing our thanks in ceaseless praise.
Check out our Advent Devotional for 2018:
- Bellwether Arts “O Antiphons” 2018 Devotional