The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Jesus, Now Exalted High

The original poem was for Lent

An excerpt from

Words: Savior, Who, Exalted High, Bishop Richard Mant (1776-1848), 1828, alt., in Richard Mant, Biographical Notices of the Apostles, Evangelists and Other Saints (Oxford: J. Parker, 1828), pp. 536-539, consisting of nine stanzas of 12 lines.

Source: Thomas Darling, Hymns for the Church of England (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1871,) #XLVI. The edition of 1887 is not available at this time.

Four stanzas of 12 lines.

Verses 1, 2, 7, 9 of the original, alt.

1. Jesus, now exalted high
In the Father's majesty,
Who vouchsaf'st thyself to shew
To thy faithful saints below;
Foretaste of the blifsful sight,
When, arrayed in glorious light,
Beaming with exceeding grace,
They shall see thee face to face;
Though this shadowing earthly shroud
Now my feeble vision cloud,
Lord, thy presence let me see;
Manifest thyself to me.

2. Son of God, to thee I cry:
By the wondrous mystery
Of thy coming down to earth;
By thy pure and holy birth,
Offspring of the Virgin's womb;
By the light through midnight gloom
Bursting on the shepherds' gaze;
By the angels' hymn of praise;
By the vision of thy star,
Leading sages from afar;
Lord, thy presence let me see;
Manifest thyself to me.

3. Man of sorrows, hear me cry:
By thy sweat and agony;
By thy guilelefs spirit fled
To the mansions of the dead;
By thy wounded side, whence flowed
Water mingled with the blood;
By thy blefsed body laid
In the rock's sepulchral shade,
Where man ne'er before reposed,
Straitly watched, securely closed;
Lord, thy presence let me see;
Manifest thyself to me.

4. King of glory, God most high,
Man ascended to the sky,
With thy love my bosom fill,
Prompt me to perform thy will:
So shall he, the Lord above,
Keep me with a father's love;
So shalt thou, my Saviour, come,
Make this willing heart thy home;
So shall he, the Comforter,
Joy unspeakable confer:
Lord, thy presence let me see;
Manifest thyself to me. Amen.

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