Jesus, Redeemer, Ere the Light
For Christmas and Circumcision
Translation: Very Rev. Provost F. C. Husenbeth, 1840-1841, from the Vespers Book.
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), pp. 33-34.
Jesus, Redeemer, ere the light, Born in transcendant glory bright ; Effulgent thou, with equal beam Proceeding from thy Sire supreme ; Thee the great Father's light we know, Eternal hope of all below, Regard our prayer, to thee we fly, Oh, hear thy suppliant servants' cry. Redeemer, blest Creator, thou For our redemption once didst bow ; Assuming, to avert our doom, Man's nature from the Virgin's womb. This joyful day returns to prove That miracle of boundless love, When by the Father's only Son The world's salvation was begun. Him the bright stars, the earth, the sea And all beneath heaven's canopy, The author of our birth anew, Praise with new hymns and glory due. And we, whom thy atoning blood Has cleansed with pure redeeming flood, With hymns on this thy natal-day, The tribute of our homage pay. Jesus, of Virgin born, to thee May praise and glory ever be, With Father and with Holy Ghost, By men and heaven's eternal host.
Note from Shipley:
Jesu, Redemptor omnium. Revised from Christe, Redemptor gentium. Ambrosian Vespers Breviary Hymn.
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