The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Jesu, Born The World To Free

On The Nativity: At The Vespers.

In this was manifested the love of God towards us; because that God sent His only-begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.1 John iv.

"Jesu, redemptor omnium"

Source: Isaac Williams, Hymns Translated from the Parisian Breviary (London: J.G.F. & J. Rivington, 1839),  pp. 56-57.

Jesu, born the world to free, 
The incarnate Deity; 
Ere the worlds their march begun, 
Equal Thou with God, and One; 
Thou our peace and glory art, 
Only hope of mortal heart: 
Hear our prayers which to the skies 
From the heart's low altar rise, 
    Holy Son, and unto Thee
    Sing we everlastingly.

With a free, spontaneous birth, 
Thou didst take a form of earth, 
Drawing mortal men to Thee 
To partake of Deity. 
Us Thy brethren Thou dost call, 
Our hand holding, lest we fall, 
And our life, with deadly stain, 
To its vileness turn again. 
    Holy Spirit, unto Thee
    Sing we everlastingly.

This is the glad holiday, 
Which in memory holds the ray, 
When from out His shining bed 
The true Sun did lift His head, 
And the earth and distant pole 
And where ocean's waters roll, 
Each in holy ardor vies 
Breaking forth in jubilees, 
    Holy Father, unto Thee
    Singing everlastingly.

Nor shall we, for whom undone 
Comes the everlasting Son, 
Let in thankless silence stay 
This our first-born holiday! 
Praise Him, creatures here below; 
Him, where'er His blessings flow; 
Him, earth, sea, and heavenly host; 
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: 
    Dreadful name of Godhead, Thee
    Sing we everlastingly.

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