The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Jesu, Born To Save The Lost

Words: Mundi salus qui nasceris (Paris Breviary)
Translated by George Radcliffe Woodward

 

Music: Setting of Carazzena (or Piti) by Charles Wood
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Charles Wood and George Ratcliffe Woodward, eds., An Italian Carol Book (London: The Faith Press, Ltd., 1920), #4

1. Jesu, born to save the lost,
    At the cost
Of thy life, rejected, cross'd,
Look upon us, make us lowly,
    Pure as thou,
Pure as thou art, strong and holy.

2. When the balms of 'freshing sleep
    Gently steep
Weary eyelids, do thou keep
Vigil o'er thy people's bowers,
    Through the long,
Through the long night-season hours.

3. Good my Shepherds, thou which art
    King of heart.
Never from thy flock depart.
From the wolf-dog that would rend us
    Day and night,
Night and day do thou defend us.

4. God, within a manger laid
    By the Maid,
Son, to thee be homage paid!
With the Father co-eternal,
    Who art one
With the Holy Ghost, supernal.

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