The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Mirrour Of The Fathers Face

Words: George Ratcliffe Woodward

Music: En Trinitatis speculum, arr. by Charles Wood

Source: Charles Wood and George Ratcliffe Woodward, The Cambridge Carol-Book, Being Fifty-Two Songs For Christmas, Easter, And Other Seasons (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1924), #28

1. The Mirrour of the Father's face
Darkness from the world gan chase,
    When, as mortal vested,
    God was manifested.
Wherefore, Christens, up and sing
To Jesus Christ, the heaven King.
    God is born, go meet Him,
    And with carols greet Him.

2. The Maid hath borne the Holy One,
God the Father's only Son,
    Of His great compassion,
    Found in human fashion.
Wherefore, Churchmen, sing for joy,
And, leal to Mary's gentle Boy,
    Keep His birth-day yearly,
    Loving Him sincerely.

3. He lieth in a crib of tree,
Altogether lovely He:
    Holy, Strong, Immortal,
    Key to David's portal.
Wherefore, masters, be not sad,
When Christmas biddeth men be glad,
    But with voice canorous
    Swell the Seraph-chorus.

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