Saviour of the Nations, Come

This Christmas hymn is based on a work in Latin by Ambrose of Milan.

It was translated to English by American professor of Latin, translator and Lutheran and later Episcopal minister, William Morton Reynolds (1812-1876).

With meter, tunes it is set to include:
  • NUN KOMM DER HEIDEN HEILAND, based on a tune from a twelfth- or thirteenth-century Einsiedeln manuscript - by far the most-commonly used tune.


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Choir with organ:

Choir with organ, recorded live in a church-service:

Duet, with electronic backing:

Singer with guitar:

Singer with band:

Instrumental - piano:


1 Savior of the nations, come,
Virgin's Son, make here thy home!
Marvel now, O heav'n and earth,
that the Lord chose such a birth.

2 Not of flesh and blood the Son,
offspring of the Holy One;
born of Mary ever blest,
God in flesh is manifest.

3 Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child
of the Virgin undefiled!
Though by all the world disowned,
still to be in heav'n enthroned.

4 From the Father forth he came
and returneth to the same,
captive leading death and hell,
high the song of triumph swell!

5 Thou, the Father's only Son,
hast o'er sin the vict'ry won.
Boundless shall thy kingdom be;
when shall we its glories see?

6 Praise to God the Father sing.
Praise to God the Son, our King.
Praise to God the Spirit be
ever and eternally.

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