The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Savior, Who, 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: Roundell Palmer, ed., The Book of Praise (D. Lothrop & Co., Boston, Mass., 1865), No. LXIX, p. 73.

Four stanzas of 12 lines.

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

1. Saviour, who, exalted high
In Thy Father's majesty,
Yet vouchsafst Thyself to show
To Thy faithful flock below ;
Foretaste of that blissful sight,
When, arrayed in glorious light,
Beaming with paternal grace,
They shall see Thee face to face :
Saviour, though this earthly shroud
Now my mortal vision cloud,
Still Thy presence let me see,
Manifest Thyself to me !

2. Son of God, to Thee I cry:
By the holy mystery
Of Thy dwelling here on 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' song of praise :
By the leading of the star,
The Eastern sages' guide from far;
By their gifts, with worship meet
Offer'd at thy infant feet:
Lord, Thy presence let me see,
Manifest Thyself to me !

3. Man of sorrows, hear me cry !
By Thy great humility ;
By Thy meekly-bowed head ;
By Thy gentle spirit, fled
To the mansions of the dead ;
By the wound, whence issuing flow'd
Water mingled with Thy blood ;
By Thy breathless body, laid
In the rock's sepulchral shade,
Where man ne'er before reposed,
Straightly watch'd, securely closed ;
Lord, Thy presence let me see,
Manifest Thyself to me!

4. Lord of Glory, God most high,
Man exalted to the sky,
God and man, to Thee I cry !
With Thy love my bosom fill,
Prompt me to perform Thy will;
Grant me, what Thou bidd'st, to do ;
What Thou proffer' st to pursue :
So may He, the Sire above,
Guard me with a Parent's love !
So may He, the Spirit blest,
Whisper comfort, hope, and rest!
So mayst Thou, my Saviour, come,
Make this froward heart Thy home,
And manifest Thyself to me
In the Triune Deity!

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