The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christ! Redeemer Of Our Race

For Christmas

Words: Jesu, redemptor omnium Summi Parentis unice

Translator: Unknown

Music: Jesu, Redeemer

Meter: 10 7s

Source: William Mercer and John Goss, eds., The Church Psalter and Hymn Book. Oxford Edition. (London: James Nisbet and Co., 1864), Hymn #98, p. 51.

1. CHRIST ! Redeemer of our race,
Brightness of the Father's face !
Co-eternal, Only Son,
Equal with the Father, One !
Lover of thy creature man,
Ere the worlds their course began !
Thou our Peace and Glory art,
Hope alone of mortal heart :
Hear the prayers which to the skies
From the heart's low altar rise.

2. Mortal flesh thou didst assume,
Freely Man with men become,
That partakers we might be
Of thine own divinity.
Brethren us thou now dost call,
Thou the Life, the Lord of all !
Raised to this transcendent height,
Shield us with thine arm of might,
Lest our life, renewed in vain,
To its vileness sink again.

3. Now let earth and distant pole,
Ocean's waves, where'er they roll,
In the Father's praise combine,
Bless him for his gift divine !
Creatures all throughout our sphere,
Pour your songs into his ear.
Chief let man, for whom forlorn
Was Salvation's Author born,
In triumphant concert sing
Praise to his Incarnate King !

4. Glory to the Father be,
For his love, so vast and free !
Glory to the Eternal Son,
For the triumphs he hath won !
Glory to the Spirit give,
For the grace whereby we live !
Glory be to God on high,
Praise Him, all below the sky !
Praise Him, all ye heavenly host,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost !

Sheet Music from William Mercer and John Goss, eds., The Church Psalter and Hymn Book. Oxford Edition. (London: James Nisbet and Co., 1864), Hymn #98, p. 51.

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