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Dein König kommt in niedern Hüllen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Dein König kommt in niedern Hüllen,
Ihn trägt der lastbarn [Es'lin]1 Füllen,
Empfang ihn froh, Jerusalem!
[Trag]2 ihm entgegen Friedenspalmen,
[Bestreu den Pfad]3 mit grünen Halmen!
So ists dem Herrn angenehm.

O [mächt'ger]4 Herrscher ohne Heere,
Gewalt'ger Kämpfer ohne Speere,
O Friedensfürst von großer Macht!
Es wollen dir der Erde Herren
Den Weg zu deinem Throne sperren,
Doch du gewinnst ihn ohne Schlacht.

Dein Reich ist nicht von dieser Erden,
Doch aller Erde Reiche werden
Dem, das du gründest, unterthan.
Bewaffnet mit des Glaubens Worten,
Zieht deine Schaar nach den vier Orten
Der Welt hinaus, und macht dir Bahn.

Und wo du kommest hergezogen,
Da ebnen sich des Meeres Wogen,
Es schweigt der Sturm, von dir bedroht.
Du [kömmst]5, auf den empörten Triften
Des Lebens neuen Bund zu stiften,
Und schlägst in Fessel Sünd' und Tod.

O Herr, von großer Huld und Treue,
O komme du auch jetzt aufs neue
Zu uns, die wir sind schwer verstört.
Noth ist es, daß du selbst hienieden
Kommst zu erneuen deinen Frieden,
Dagegen sich die Welt empört.

O laß dein Licht auf Erden siegen,
Die Macht der Finsternis erliegen,
Und lösch der Zwietracht Glimmen aus;
Daß wir, die Völker und die Thronen,
Vereint als Brüder wieder wohnen
In deines großen Vaters Haus!

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Pantheon, Drittes Bruchstück: Kirchenjahr, Frankfurt am Main: J. D. Sauerländer's Verlag, 1882, page 194.

1 Draeseke: "Eselin"
2 Curschmann: "Streut"
3 Curschmann: "Schmückt ihm den Weg"
4 Draeseke: "grosser"
5 Draeseke: modernized to "kommst"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Harry Joelson and Melanie Trumbull


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Adventslied", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Song for Advent", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant de l'Avent", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-02-28.
Last modified: 2017-09-03 10:18:35
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Word count: 209

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Song for Advent

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Your King comes in a lowly form,
The offspring of a beast of burden, a donkey, carries Him,
Receive Him joyfully, Jerusalem!
Carry palm leaves of peace when you go forth to meet Him,
Bestrew the pathway with greenery!
Thus it pleases the Lord.

Oh [mighty]1 leader without armies,
Powerful warrior without spears,
Oh Prince of Peace with great might!
The overlords of the world
Wish to block Your way to Your throne,
But You win [the throne] without a battle.

Your kingdom is not of this earth,
Yet all the kingdoms of the world shall
Become subservient to that which You found.
Armed with the words of the gospel,
Your throng travels to the four corners
Of the world, and prepares the way for You.

And where You pass by
The waves of the sea become calm,
The storm falls silent when You threaten it.
You come in order to create a new Covenant
Of life upon the turbulent meadows,
To found a new covenant of life,
And to cast sin and death into bonds.

Oh Lord of great benevolence and faithfulness,
Oh come to us now anew,
[To us] who are sorely perturbed.
It is necessary that You Yourself should come
To renew Your peace here below,
[Your peace] against which the world rebels.

Oh let Your light be victorious on earth,
Let the might of darkness be vanquished,
And extinguish the glimmerings of discord;
That we, the people and the rulers,
United as brethren again live
In the mansion of Your great Father!

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1 Draeseke: "great"


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