Jesu, Our Soul's Redeeming Lord
For Christmas and Circumcision
Translation: Rev. Professor Thomas J. Potter, All Hallows College, Dublin (1857-1858), The Catholic Psalmist, 1859.
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), pp. 24-25.
Jesu, our soul's redeeming Lord, The God by loving hearts adored, Who ere the dawn of primal light Didst share in all the Father's might ; Glad brightness of thy Father's rays, The crowning hope of all our days, Whilst through the world thy children bend, Oh, to our lowly prayers attend. Remember, Lord, thou didst assume Within thy stainless Mother's womb Our mortal form, that clad in flesh Thou mightst our sinking souls refresh. As yearly comes this solemn day, Glad homage all thy children pay, Its tidings sweet they all confess, And thee, their sole Redeemer, bless. The heavens above, the rolling main And all that earth's wide realms contain, With joyous voice now loudly sing The glory of their new-born king. And we, too, ransomed by the tide Which issued from thy sacred side, On this thy natal-day rejoice, And homage pay with eager voice. Jesu, to thee, the Virgin's Son, Be everlasting homage done ; To God the Father we repeat The same, and to the Paraclete.
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