The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Conquering Kings Their Titles Take

The Circumcision Of Christ

Words: Victis sibi cognomina, Anonymous, circa 1736
Translated by J. Chandler

Music: "Innocents," Composed or adapted by J. Smith, 1800-73
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF
Meter 77 77

Source: Percy Dearmer, R. Vaughan Williams, et. al., eds., The English Hymnal. London: Oxford University Press, 1906, #37, p. 61.

1. Conquering kings their titles take
From the lands they captive make:
Jesu, thine was given thee
For a world thou madest free.

2. Not another name is given
Power possessing under heaven,
strong to call dead souls to rise
And exalt them to the skies.

3. That which Christ so hardly wrought,
That which he so dearly bought,
That salvation, mortals, say,
Will ye madly cast away?

4. Rather gladly for that name
Bear the Cross, endure the shame;
Joyfully for him to die
Is not death but victory.

5. Jesu, if thou condescend
To be called the sinner's Friend,
Ours the joy and glory be
Thus to make our boast of thee.

6. Glory to the Father be,
Glory, Virgin-born, to thee,
Glory to the Holy Ghost,
Every from the heavenly host. Amen.

Editor's Note:

January 1 is the Octave of Christmas, and the start of the New Year. This is also the feast of the Circumcision of Christ, His first spilling of His blood for all mankind. Especially since the Second Vatican Council, the emphasis has changed to celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of Christ, and as a day of prayer for world peace.

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