‘How Great Our Joy’

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It is interesting to me how many of the carols we sing today have origins in Germany. The author of this traditional German carol is unknown, but the English translation is credited to Theodore Baker, who was born in New York but studied music in Germany: “How Great Our Joy.”

While by the sheep we watched at night,
Glad tidings brought an angel bright.

How great our joy! Great our joy!
Joy, joy, joy! Joy, joy, joy!
Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!
Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!

There shall be born, so He did say,
In Bethlehem a Child today.

How great our joy! Great our joy!
Joy, joy, joy! Joy, joy, joy!
Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!
Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!

There shall the Child lie in a stall,
This Child who shall redeem us all.

How great our joy! Great our joy!
Joy, joy, joy! Joy, joy, joy!
Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!
Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!

This gift of God we’ll cherish well,
That ever joy our hearts shall fill.

How great our joy! Great our joy!
Joy, joy, joy! Joy, joy, joy!
Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!
Praise we the Lord in heav’n on high!