Words: Stoke-upon-Tern Hymn-Book
Source: Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1878), Carol# 65.
1. Mountains, bow your heads majestic,
Lowly vales arise and sing;
See approach the Prince celestial!
Earth receive thy Heavenly King.
Crown'd with grace and understanding,
Branch Divine of Jesse's stem;
God of knowledge, wisdom, power,
Heaven's most glorious diadem.
2. Sweetly smiles the Rose of Sharon,
Lofty cedars kiss the ground,
Deserts bloom with great rejoicing,
Isles with glorious mirth resound.
Christ has brought us out redemption,
Righteous Saviour, faithful Lord;
Christ has come to save the sinner
From the edge of Judgment's sword.
3. Heavenly throngs His Birth attending,
Angels chant Emmanuel's praise,
Joy pervades the shining myriads,
That above their anthems raise:
Earth, with holy joy abounding,
Haste to welcome Zion's King;
And as tokens of affection,
Richest treasures hither bring.
4. Hark, ye deaf, to words of comfort;
See, ye blind, the source of light;
Speak, ye dumb, the Saviour's praises;
Rise, ye dead, from realms of night!
Flee, ye fiends, before His Presence;
Peace, be still, thou sounding sea;
Winds be hushed, in silence slumber;
Rest, ye billows, tranquil be.
5. Christ is come, the weak to succour;
Not to break the bruised reed;
Christ is come to bear the burden
Of the poor that pine in need.
Balm to every wound He offers,
Comfort to the restless mind;
Captives from their chains He severs,
He is come lost sheep to find.
6. Earth, before Thy Lord triumphant,
Bow the head and bend the knee,
Christ, that over death and Satan
Hath obtained the victory;
Sing His praises, tell His story,
Bid thy heart with rapture swell;
Let thine own remotest corners
Praise His conquest over hell.
Sheet Music from Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1878).
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