The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The growing limbs of God the Son

Words: George B. Timms (1910-)
Lyrics are copyright; see #45 in The New English Hymnal

Music: "St. Chad," Christopher Dearnley (1930-)
Meter: LM

1. The growing limbs of God the Son,
The Fatherís sole begotten One,
Prepare him for his work on earth,
Who for mankind took human birth

2. In wisdom and in grace he grows,
Each step of human life he knows,
In all save sin, like us was made,
To be a fallen peopleís aid.

3. His Fatherís house he enters in,
Where rabbis teach their cure for sin,
While in his heart he hears the call
Which through his cross won life for all.

4. And he who rules angelic bands,
Who high in heavenly glory stands,
Now yeilds him to his motherís will,
A boyís obedience to fulfil.

5. He all his radiant splendour hides,
And he who made the stars abides
With Joseph and the Mother blest,
In form of servant manifest.

6. To him, the Fatherís only Son,
Let praise and honour now be done,
Who by the Holy Spiritís grace
Took flesh to save our human race.

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