The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

In Terra Pax

Words: Mrs. Alderson

Music: Rev. J. B. Dykes

Source: Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old, Second Series (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., 1871), Carol #38

1. Infant of days, yet Lord of Life,
Sweet Prince of Peace, All hail!
Oh! We are weary of the strife,
The din with which earth’s fields are rife,
And we would list the tale
That chimes its Christmas news for us,
"In terra Pax, In terra Pax
Pax, Pax hominibus
Pax, Pax Interra
Pax, Pax"

2. "Peace I leave with you," was again
Thy dying Gift to earth;
Sweet echo of the lingering strain
Of Christmas morn, the glad refrain
Of Anthems at Thy Birth;
When Angel choirs hymned forth to us
"In terra Pax hominibus."

3. O olive Branch! O Dove of Peace!
Brooding o'er stormy waters !
When shall the flood of woe decrease ?
When shall the dreary conflict cease,
And earth's sad sons and daughters
With glad hearts hail Thy word to us,
"In terra Pax hominibus?"

4. O hear Thy Church, with one accord,
Her long-lost Peace imploring:
Be it according to thy word;
Thy reign of Peace bring in, Dear Lord;
Heav'n's Peace to earth restoring.
and Peace Eternal, Jesu, grant, we pray.
"In caelo Pax, Et in Excelsis, Gloria,
Et in Excelsis Gloria,
Pax, Et in Excelsis, Gloria.
Et in Excelsis, Gloria,
Et in Excelsis, Gloria.

* St. Luke ii., 14.

Sheet Music from Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1871)

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