The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hail Jesu Christ, Blessed For Aye

Gelobet seist du

Choral of the XV Cent., or earlier. An Hypo-mixo-Lydian Melody, thrice harmonized by Jon. Seb. Bach.

Notes and Source: George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book for Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1902, Revised and Expanded Edition 1929), Carol #11.

1. Hail! Jesu Christ, blessd for aye.
Born for man true Man today;
The Sons of God all shout for glee
Before the Babe of maid Marie.
Alleluya.

2. The Father's everlasting Son
Manger cradle doth not shun:
And God, so holy, high and good,
His glory veils 'neath flesh and blood.
Alleluya.

3. In pity of our state forlorn,
Poor on earth the Lord is born,
To make man rich in realms of light,
In fellowship of Angels bright.
Alleluya.

4. Him Whom the wide world cannot hold,
Now a mother's arms enfold:
Behold an Infant weak and small,
Whose hand upholdeth all in all.
Alleluya.

5. Thus hath He done for human kind;
Set on mercy is His mind;
Good Christian folk, rejoice and sing,
And bless for evermore your King.Alleluya.

Sheet Music from George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book for Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1902, Revised and Expanded Edition 1929), Carol #11
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Also found in:

G. R. Woodward, ed., The Hymns and Carols for Christmas-tide (London: H. Grice, 1897), Carol #6, p. 14.

George Radcliffe Woodward, ed., Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), # 24

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