The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Jesu! Redeemer Of The Earth

For Christmas

Words: Not Stated, Possibly Jesu Redemptor Onmium Quem lucis ante originem

Translator: "J.W."

Music: Not Stated

Meter: 8888D [Long Meter]

Source: Ancient Hymns of Holy Church (Hartford: H.S. Parsons, 1845), pp. 50-51.

Jesu! Redeemer of the earth,
Who wert before the light had birth;
The Father's One-begotten Son,
Co-equal sharer of His throne;
Thou Splendor of the Father's Light!
Thou Star of Hope, forever bright!
Hear the deep prayers that ceaseless flow
From an adoring world below.

Remember, O Creator Blest!
How on Thy Mother's virgin breast,
True God, and yet a little child,
Thou took'st man's nature undefiled;
This day through every circling year,
Bears witness to the love so dear,
Which from the Father's bosom gave,
Thee, Lord, a ruined world to save.

Stars, earth, and all the spreading sea,
With heaven's unknown immensity.
With a new song salute the morn.
When Saviour Thou on earth wert born.
And we, whose souls the sacred wave
Of Thy dear Blood from sin doth lave,
Hail with warm hearts Thy natal day,
And in glad hymns our tribute pay.

Jesu! the Virgin-born to Thee,
One in the Father's Unity,
And both with the good Spirit One,
Be honors everlasting done.

Note:

There is another Christmas-tide hymn with this title, authored by Bishop Williams (1845), which is based on Jesu Redemptor Onmium Quem lucis ante originem. There is also an Easter-tide hymn with this title.

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