The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

He Is Born, The Holy One

Words: "Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant" from Dictionnaire de NoŽs et Cantiques.

English Tr. by K. W. Simpson

Melody from Dictionnaire de NoŽs et Cantiques.

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #41, pp. 4-5.

Refrain:
He is born, the Holy One!
Let thy joyful music ring!
He is born, the Holy One!
Greet with song the New-born King!

1. Full four thousand years ago
prophets told that He should be!
Full four thousand years ago,
Sand they of His majesty!

2. In a manger He did lie,
Cradled in humility!
In a manger He did lie,
On a gentle maiden's knee.

3. O how beautiful is He!
Perfected in heavenly grace!
Oh how beautiful is He!
Joyfully behold His face!

4. For thy love He seeks alway!
He was born thy heart to find!
For thy love He seeks alway!
Turned to Him in spirit kind!

5. Greet Him, Princes of the East!
Come, the Infant to adore!
Greet Him, Princes of the East!
Loud your happy praises pour!

6. Herod sought Him near and far!
And His tender mother fled!
Herod sought Him near and far!
But the Babe was shelterŤd.

7. Satan held us in his thrall!
Loud he mocked us in his pride!
Satan held us in his thrall!
Till for us the Saviour died!

8. All our bitter debts He paid!
Lift your hearts and thankful be!
All our bitter debts He paid!
Prays Him then internally!

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #41, pp. 4-5.

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