The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hark! Heard Ye Not the Ancient Seer

Hymn XL

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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