Hark! Heard Ye Not the Ancient Seer
Hymn for the Annunciation (2.)
An Original Hymn By Bishop Mant
Source: Richard Mant, Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary (London: Rivingtons, 1871), pp. 88-89.
Hark! heard ye not the ancient seer,
While thus the wondrous promise ran ?
'A Virgin shall conceive, and bear
A Son, Immanuel—God with man!'
Hark! hear ye not the Angel bring
His answering message from the sky ?
'Hail, Virgin blest, from whom shall spring
A Son, the Son of God most High!'
O Thou, who didst not scorn below,
The Son of man, with us to dwell,
And us Thy Father's glory show,
The Son of God, Immanuel;
Thou, for our sake incarnate made,
Thy Godhead, lo! with faith we own,
Or in a servant's form array'd,
Or partner of Thy Father's throne.
O Jesus, glory be to Thee,
Return'd to Thy celestial rest,
Throned with Thy Father's majesty,
In union with the Spirit blest.
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