The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Life, Which God's Incarnate Word

For St. John's the Evangelist's Day
See Hymns For St. John The Evangelist.

Words: Latin
Translated By Edward Caswall

Music: "Whitwell," by J. Hopkins
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Meter: CM

Source: Hymns Ancient and Modern. London: William Clowes and Sons, Ltd., 1922, #66, p. 66.

1. The life, which God's Incarnate Word
    Lived here below with men,
Three blest Evangelists record
    With Heav'n-inspired pen:

2. John soars on high, beyond the three,
    To God the Father's Throne;
And shows in what deep mystery
    The Word with God is One.

3. Upon the Saviour's loving Breast
    Invited to recline,
'Twas thence he drew, in moments blest.
    Rich stores of truth Divine:

4. And thence did that angelic love
    His inmost spirit fill,
Which, once enkindled from above,
    Breathes in his pages still.

5. Jesu, the Virgin's Holy Son,
    We praise Thee and adore,
Who art with God the Father One
    And Spirit evermore.

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