The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Son of God, To Thee I Cry

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.

Music: Verona, an "Italian Melody."
Meter: 77 77 77

Source: Arthur Sullivan, Church Hymns With Tunes (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1898), #502, p. 428.

1. Son of God, to Thee I cry;
By the wondrous mystery
Of Thy dwelling here on earth,
By Thy pure and holy birth,
Lord, Thy presence let me see,
Manifest Thyself to me.

2. Lamb of God, to Thee I cry;
By Thy bitter agony,
By Thy pangs to us unknown,
By Thy Spirit's parting groan,
Lord, Thy presence let me see,
Manifest Thyself to me.

3. Prince of Life, to Thee I cry;
By Thy glorious majesty,
By Thy triumph o'er the grave,
Meek to suffer, strong to save,
Lord, Thy presence let me see,
Manifest Thyself to me.

4. Lord of glory, God most high,
Man exalted to the sky,
With Thy love my bosom fill;
Prompt me now to do Thy will;
Then Thy presence let me see!
Manifest Thyself to me.

Sheet Music “Verona” from Arthur Sullivan, Church Hymns With Tunes (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1898), #502, p. 428.

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