There are a number of versions of this. We’ll start here:

Voces Suaves
Christina Boner, Soprano; Jan Thomer, Alto; Raphael Höhn, Tenor; Tobias Wicky, Bass; Orí Hermelin, Lute

This first video is from the Bach Oratorio and is the first verse of the text:

I stand before Thy manger fair,
My Jesus, Life from heaven!
I come, and unto Thee I bear
What Thou to me hast given.
Receive it, for ’tis mind and soul,
Heart, spirit, strength—receive it all,
And deign to let it please Thee.

But then I found this work, which has more verses (but there are quite a few more than even these!). The Calmus Ensemble is singing, and the composer is Ludwig Böhme. I thought it quite lovely.

I stand before Thy manger fair,
My Jesus, Life from heaven!
I come, and unto Thee I bear
What Thou to me hast given.
Receive it, for ’tis mind and soul,
Heart, spirit, strength—receive it all,
And deign to let it please Thee.

When I as yet had not been born,
Then hadst Thou been born for me
And chosen me to be Thine own,
Thy mercy shedding o’er me.
Before I by Thy hand was made,
Thou hadst the plan in order laid,
How Thou Thyself shouldst give me.

I lay still in death’s deepest night,
Till Thou, my Sun, arising,
Didst bring joy, pleasure, life, and light,
My wakened soul surprising.
O Sun, who dost so graciously
Cause faith’s good light to dawn in me,
How lovely is Thy radiance!

With rapture do I gaze on Thee,
Nor can enough adore Thee,
Pow’r more to do is not in me,
I’ll praise and bow before Thee.
Oh that my mind were an abyss,
My soul a sea, wide, bottomless,
That so I might embrace Thee.

One thing I bid Thee grant to me,
My Savior, ne’er deny me,
That I may evermore have Thee,
Within and on and by me.
And let my heart Thy cradle be,
Come, come and lay Thee down in me,
With all Thy joys and treasures!

Here is the German:

Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier,
o Jesu, du mein Leben;
ich komme, bring und schenke dir,
was du mir hast gegeben.
Nimm hin, es ist mein Geist und Sinn,
Herz, Seel und Mut, nimm alles hin
und laß dir’s wohlgefallen.

Da ich noch nicht geboren war,
da bist du mir geboren
und hast mich dir zu eigen gar,
eh ich dich kannt, erkoren.
Eh ich durch deine Hand gemacht,
da hast du schon bei dir bedacht,
wie du mein wolltest werden.

Ich lag in tiefster Todesnacht,
du warest meine Sonne,
die Sonne, die mir zugebracht
Licht, Leben, Freud und Wonne.
O Sonne, die das werte Licht
des Glaubens in mir zugericht’,
wie schön sind deine Strahlen!

Ich sehe dich mit Freuden an
und kann mich nicht satt sehen;
und weil ich nun nichts weiter kann,
bleib ich anbetend stehen.
O daß mein Sinn ein Abgrund wär
und meine Seel ein weites Meer,
daß ich dich möchte fassen!

Eins aber, hoff ich, wirst du mir,
mein Heiland, nicht versagen,
dass ich dich möge für und für in,
bei und an mir tragen,
so lass mich doch dein Kripplein sein,
komm, komm und lege bei mir ein
dich und all deine Freuden.

Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium
WDR Radio Choir; Simon Halsey, Conductor

Vaughan Williams (arr. Owain Park): The Truth Sent From Above
Echo Vocal Ensemble: Sarah Latto, Director; The Swan Consort: Anita Datta, Director; The Gesualdo Six: Owain Park, Director
Soloists: Sam Mitchell, Luthien Brackett, Michael Craddock

Veni, Veni Emmanuel
The Gesualdo Six | Owain Park

Traditional, arranged by Philip Lawson

Recorded September 2014

The Gesualdo Six | Owain Park

Patrick Dunachie, Guy James – Countertenor
Joseph Wicks, Hiroshi Amako – Tenor
Michael Craddock – Baritone
Jonathan Pacey – Bass

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Carlo Gesualdo: O vos omnes
Aidija

(be ready for some pretty crazy harmony!)

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William Byrd: Laudibus in sanctions
Continuum

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William Byrd: Afflicti pro peccatis nostris
The Gesualdo Six

From the YouTube page:
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Introducing our new album: music by William Byrd.

Alongside the Mass for five voices, we have recorded a selection of his Latin motets and the Lamentations of Jeremiah.

You can order your copy here

Released June 2023 on Hyperion Records

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Video produced by Classical Films
Edited by G6 Studio

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This is the version of the work I shared below that I much prefer, even while VOCES8 is my favorite vocal group. I like the simplicity of this arrangement (and the barbershop style that slips into the other version isn’t my cuppa).

Copland: At the River
Shea Owens, Baritone; Claire Pasquier, Piano

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Shall We Gather at the River, arr. Blake Morgan
VOCES8 and Ringmasters