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A Great and Mighty wonder

A Great and Mighty wonder Lyrics and Music

The beautiful words and lyrics of this festive hymn begin with "A great and mighty wonder, our Christmas festal brings" as the first words of this famous Christmas Carol. The words and lyrics of this 'A Great and Mighty wonder' hymn were written by the Greek author, St. Germanus of Constantinople. The melodious music that accompanies the 'A Great and Mighty wonder' Christmas Hymn were composed by Unknown. The author of the hymn, St. Germanus of Constantinople, was born A.D. 634 and died A.D. 734. The composer of the music to the 'A Great and Mighty wonder' hymn is unknown. We hope you enjoy the lyrics of this popular Christmas carol.

A Great and Mighty wonder Hymn
Title: A Great and Mighty wonder *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: St. Germanus of Constantinople *** Hymns Category: Christmas Carols

Author of the Lyrics
The author of the lyrics of the 'A Great and Mighty wonder' lyrics, St. Germanus of Constantinople (A.D. 634-A.D. 734), was born in Constantinople, the capital city of the Roman/Byzantine Empire. St. Germanus achieved fame as  the Bishop of Cyzicus, a hymnist and the author of Historia Ecclesiastica.

A Great and Mighty wonder Lyrics

A great and mighty wonder
Our Christmas festal brings:
On earth a lowly infant,
Behold the King of kings!

The Word is made incarnate,
Descending from on high;
And cherubim sing anthems
To shepherds from the sky.

And we with them, triumphant,
Repeat the hymn again:
"To God on high be glory,
And peace on earth to men!"

While thus they sing your Monarch,
Those bright angelic bands,
Rejoice, ye vales and mountains!
Ye oceans, clap your hands!

Since all He comes to ransom,
By all be He adored;
The Infant born in Bethlehem,
The Savior and the Lord!

And idol forms shall perish,
And error shall decay,
And Christ shall wield His scepter,
Our Lord and God for aye.

Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of 'A Great and Mighty wonder' is unknown but was harmonized by Michael Praetorius (February 15, 1571 - February 15, 1621). Michael Praetorius was born in Creuzburg, Thuringia, Germany and was not only a well known musician and composer, but also a musicologist (Musicology is the scientific study of music, in relation to historical research and musical theory)

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: A Great and Mighty wonder
Author of Lyrics: St. Germanus of Constantinople (A.D. 634 to A.D. 734)
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: John Mason Neale (1818-1866) who translated the words from Greek to English
Name of Composer of Music: Unknown
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: A great and mighty wonder, our Christmas festal brings
First Publication Date: 1862

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