O du fröhliche

O du fröhliche. Johannes Daniel Falk* (1768-1826). This is dated 1816 in Falk’s Auserlesene Werke, Alt und neu (Leipzig, 1819), Book I, where it had the title ‘Allerdreifeiertagslied’ (‘Hymn for all three festival days’), and the tune designated as ‘Melodie: O sanctissima’. The three festival days were Christmas, Easter, and Whitsun: O du fröliche, O thou blessed, O du seelige, O thou happy, Gnadenbringende Weihnachtszeit! Christmastime, bringing grace! Welt ging verloren, The world was lost, Christ ist...

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