Holy Babe, Our Great Salvation
For Christmas and Circumcision
Words: Mundi Salus Qui Nasceris, from the Paris Breviary, by C. Coffin.
Translation: Robert Campbell, of Sherrington
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 36 .
Holy Babe, our great salvation, Jesu, born to save the earth, Let pure hearts with love unfailing Celebrate thy wondrous birth. Loving shepherd, night descending Calls us soon to needful sleep ; But thou still, thy flock defending, From the wolf wilt guard thy sheep. From the bosom of thy Mother, Thou, like us, didst nurture find ; Be thou then our elder brother, And protector ever kind. Hail, the Day-spring of salvation ; Virgin-born, to thee be praise ; Father, thine be adoration ; Spirit, thine through endless days.
Note from Shipley:
37. Mundi salus qui nasceris. Compline Hymn for the Vigil of Christmas, from the Paris Breviary, by C. Coffin. Holy Babe, our great salvation. Robert Campbell, of Sherrington.
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