The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come, Thou Redeemer Of The Earth

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Come Thou Savior of our Race

O Thou Redeemer of Our Race

Words: Veni, Redemptor Gentium, Ambrose of Milan, circa 397;
Translated from Latin to English by John Mason Neale, 1851.

Music: "Veni, Redemptor Gentium"
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Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), # 18

1. Come, thou Redeemer of the earth,
Come, testify thy Virgin-birth:
All lands admire, all times applaud!
Such is the birth that fits a God.

2. Begotten of no human will,
But of the Spirit, mystick still,
The Word of God in flesh array’d—
The promis’d fruit to man dispiay’d.

3. The Virgin womb that burden gain’d
With Virgin honour all unstain’d:
The banners there of virtue glow;
God in his temple dwells below.

4. Proceeding from his chamber free,
The royal hall of chastity,
Giant of two-fold substance, straight
His destin’d way he runs elate.

5. From God the Father he proceeds;
To God the Father back he speeds:
Proceeds, as far as very hell;
Speeds back, to light ineffable.

6. O Equal to thy Father, thou!
Gird on thy fleshly mantle now:
The weakness of our mortal state
With deathless might invigorate.

7. Thy cradle here shall glitter bright,
And darkness breathe a newer light,
Where endless faith shall shine serene,
And twilight never intervene.

8. All laud to God the Father be,
All praise, Eternal Son, to thee:
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete. Amen.

Sheet Music from J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #60, p. 93.

In the Collected Hymns, Sequences and Carols of John Mason Neale (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1914), pp. 104-105, verse 8 is:

All honour, laud, and glory be,
O Jesu, Virgin-born, to Thee!
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete. Amen.

In this work, this hymn is for Evening from Christmas Eve to the Epiphany.

In The Hymnal Noted, Part I (1851), this is hymn 12, occurring on pages 35-36, with music by Rev. Thomas Helmore.

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