Now Signs of Mourning Disappear
For Christmas and Circumcision
Words: Jam desinant suspiria. Matins Hymn from the Paris Breviary, by Charles Coffin.
Translation: Alfred, Lord Braye, 1883.
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 25-26.
Now signs of mourning disappear, God from on high doth deign to hear ; Comes through the gates of heaven wide The promised peace to man supplied. Lo, breaking in upon the night, The choir supernal meets our sight ; The tidings of their joyful lay Tell of the Saviours birth to-day. As press the little shepherd throng To hallowed cave the path along, Go we with them and kiss the shrine, The manger-wood they found for sign. What manner of a sight is this That opens on us for our bliss — Poor swaddling-clothes, the crib, the straw, Mother and Child so poor they saw ? Is this the Christ, the Son of God, Who in the eternal light abode ? little Infant, hushed and calm, Bear'st thou the worlds upon that palm ? E'en so, and faith can move afar The clouds that round thy being are ; 1 know thee him whom angels see, Adoring thy divinity. Teaching in silence from that chair, Thou wouldst a doctrine new declare — All that the flesh desires, to shun ; To all it dreads, to boldly run. O nourisher of loves most pure, For human pride the sovereign cure j In these our hearts this Christmas-morn Deign, Child eternal, to be born.
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