The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Knowing Not The Great Creator

Words: Translated by Rev. S. Baring-Gould

Music: Katholische Gesanbuch
Harmonized by R. F. S.
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, Complete Edition, 1894), Carol #122

1. Knowing not the great Creator
Lay the world in deepest night,
When there broke on Eastern mountains
Wondrously a golden light
And the grace-star led the Magi
To the lowly cattle stall
Whence the glory daily widening
Brought Redemption to us all.

2. Prostrate fall the bloody alters,
Men to bats their idols fling,
And the Gospel reigns triumphant
To the Ocean's widest ring.
And where its bright beams are burning
Rises up an empire new,
On the ruins of old temples
Pleads the Offering one and true.

Sheet Music from Chope

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