John Speller's Web Pages Immanuel, thy welcome birth

John Speller's Web Pages - North American Christmas Carols
Immanuel, thy welcome birth
This carol text appears in a later edition of John Reist, A Collection of Hymns Designed for the Use of the Church, Buffalo, NY, 1847. This appears to have been a Mennonite hymnal, and John Reist (1758-1816) was a Mennonite minister who held substantial lands in Lititz, Pa. This must be one of the earliest Mennonite hymn texts in English. I have set this text to the eighteenth-century tune "Alfreton."

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Lititz, Pennsylvania, showing the farmlands owned by Mennonite minister John Reist
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