The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

My Lord And My God In Bethlehem Born

Words: George Ratcliffe Woodward.

Music: O Jesuein suse, O Jesulein mild: melody and harmony by Samuel Scheidt (1585-1650)

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), 20.

1. My Lord, and my God, in Bethlehem born,
Sweet Babe Jesus, on Christmas morn:
    Hail! Everlasting Son, display'd
    To mortal view by Mary Maid,
My Lord, and my God, in Bethlehem born.

2. More wonderful sight hath never bin seen;
For Thou, in stable bare and mean,
    Though King of heav'n, art fain to rest
    Upon an earthly mother's beast:
More wonderful sight ne'er, ne'er shall be seen.

3. Thou in the beginning madest the skies,
Bespangling heav'n with stars for eyes:
    And Thou didst form this earth of ours,
    Adorning it with trees and flow'rs;
Yet swath'd in a crib their Fashioner lies.

4. Around the dry land Thou pour'dst the sea,
And set'st his bounds with sure decree
    But bending heaven, so to crown
    Mankind with bliss, Thou camest down:
Babe Jesu, my God, all glory to Thee!

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