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Morning over the bay

Rejoice, all the Heavens

Simon Mercer

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  • Deborah

    I love, love, love it! Glorious !

  • Nicole Solomon

    Thank you. This song means so much to me, and while I can hear it still being sung in my mind and heart, I would give anything to hear it again sung while surrounded by brothers and sisters singing it. Thank you for sharing it!

I will never forget,
that once,
Having only encountered
A Christianity that
Denied creation
And vilified the forces
Of nature,
I came upon a singing*
And a song, that had
Gut-force and fierce longing
It was primitive
And positive, ancient
And yet vibrant.
It celebrated the praise
Offered by Earth, Wind, Fire
And all other creatures
to the child in the manger
He who was refused
Entry to the inn.


*Rejoice, all the Heavens,
Rejoice, all the earth,
Rejoice again, all things,
With gladness and mirth!
On earth here beneath us,
In Heaven above us,
The Child in the manger
Praise we with gladness!

Earth, water, air, fire,
And lightning from heaven,
And people and angels
Sing gladly together!
On earth here beneath us,
In Heaven above us,
The Child in the manger
Praise we with gladness!

Karl Schmider, Strassburger Gesangbuch, 1697

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