Text known to Bach (Weimar 1713):
Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schaar/
erschien den Hirten offenbahr/
sie sagten ih[nn]: Ein Kindlein zart/
das liegt dort in der Krippen hart.
From heaven came the host of angels,
appeared clearly to the shepherds.
They said to them: a tender babe
lies there in the hard crib.
Melody: Georg Messerschmidt (c.1500 – after 1567) – Strassburg 1541
Text: Christmas 1542, Martin Luther (1483-1546)
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