The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Lovely Infant, Born For Me

For Christmas

Words: Aimable Enfant, qui nais pour moi, from Dictionnaire de NoŽls.

English Translation by K. W. Simpson.

Melody from Dictionnaire de NoŽls.

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #44, pp. 10-11.

1. O lovely Infant, born for me!
None other would I serve but Thee,
O lovely Infant, born for me!
None other would I serve but Thee,
With happy Angels, all my days,
I fain would join in endless praise.
T'would be a sweet endeavor!

2. Never too gladly could I sing,
Since Thou did'st come new Hope to bring !
Never too gladly could I sing,
Since Thou did'st come new Hope to bring !
Thy love for me is great indeed,
And I would tread where Thou dost lead;
For I will love Thee ever?

3. When born into the Manger's gloom,
Thou led'st my footsteps from the tomb.
When born into the Manger's gloom,
Thou led'st my footsteps from the tomb.
And when the Night is black and drear,
Thy grace make the darkness clear,
Like Sun at noon day shining!

4. That I may sleep when night is here
My heart is calmed to know Thee near!
That I may sleep when night is here
My heart is calmed to know Thee near!
For Thou dost still my foolish fears,
And suff'rest long to dry my tears,
And lighten my repining!

5. I was a slave in blackest Hell
But at Thy touch my fetters fell:
I was a slave in blackest Hell
But at Thy touch my fetters fell:
The greatest trials Thou did'st send,
Did bless me truly in the end,
My tears were changed to praising!

6. Though Hell itself my foe should be,
I should not dread the enemy,
Though Hell itself my foe should be,
I should not dread the enemy,
For Jťsu stilleth my alarms,
Celestial King, He holdest arms,
With mightiness amazing!

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #44, pp. 10-11.

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