All My Heart This Night Rejoices

Intro:        F   F/A     Bb2       F/A        Gm7  Am Dm      Gm7  Eb   Csus C       F
F   F/A        Bb                        F/A
All my         heart this night    rejoices
      Gm7                  F/A               Bb2   C    F2
as I   hear far and        near sweetest angel voi--ces.
Am         Dm2                Bb2         F/A
“Christ is born,” their      choirs are singing,
Gm                 Am   Dm     Gm         Eb        C7sus   C   F
till the air,        everywhere, now with joy is    ring---        ing.


Forth today the Conqueror goeth,
who the foe, sin and woe, death and hell, o’erthroweth.  
God is man, man to deliver;
his dear Son now is one with our blood forever.

Shall we still dread God’s displeasure,
who, to save, freely gave his most cherished Treasure?
To redeem us, he has given
his own Son from the throne of his might in heaven.

Hark! A voice from yonder manger,
soft and sweet, does entreat:  “Flee from woe and danger.  
Brothers, from all ills that grieve you,
you are freed; all you need I will surely give you.”

Banish now all of your sadness,
one and all, great and small; come with songs of gladness.  
Love him who with love is glowing;
hail the star, near and far, light and joy bestowing.
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I love the rich words to this Christmas song, penned by Paul Gerhardt in 1653 and translated
to the English language in 1858 by Catherine Winkworth.  
I wanted to write a tune for my local congregation to sing,
one with a less tricky meter than the one Johann Ebeling  composed back in 1666,
but retaining the joy of the original.
So I present a Christmas carol triumphant
and brimming with joy, and also simple to sing.