Savior of the nations, come!

Savior of the nations, come!
Virgin’s Son make here your home.
Marvel now, both heaven and earth,
that the Lord chose such a birth.

Wondrous birth! Oh, wondrous child
of the Virgin undefiled!
Mighty God and Mary’s son,
eager now his race to run!

Thus on earth the Word appears,
gracing his created spheres;
hence to death and hell descends,
then the heavenly throne ascends.

Come, O Father’s saving Son,
who o’er sin the victory won.
Boundless shall your kingdom be;
grant that we its glories see.

–Words: Martin Luther (1483-1546) after Ambrose of Milan (340-397)
–Tune: NUN KOMM, DER HEIDEN HEILAND, melody from Erfurt Enchiridia, 1524


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