Philip von Zesen

O Princely Child from David’s Stem

by Philip von Zesen
translated by Aaron Jensen

Philip von Zesen (1619-1689) was a very influential German writer and poet. The son of a Lutheran pastor, many of his writings contain references to Christianity. This hymn, which specifically describes the joy of Jesus’ coming at Christmas, is set to the melody “Wie Schön Leuchtet” (CW 79).

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