The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Thou Redeemer of Our Race

For Advent

Words: Veni, Redemptor Gentium, Ambrose of Milan, circa 397;
Translation: R. Palmer
Compare: Come Thou Savior of our Race

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Music: "Veni, Redemptor Gentium"
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML

Source: O. Hardwig, ed., Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #87

1. O Thou Redeemer of our race!
    Come show the virginís Son to earth
Let evíry age admire the grace;
    Worthy a God Thy human birth!

2. 'Twas by no mortal will or aid,
    But by the Holy Spirit's might
That flesh the Word of God was made,
    A Babe yet waiting for the light.

3. As if from honor's royal hall,
    Comes forth at length the Mighty One,
Whom Son of God and Man they call,
    Eager His destined course to run.

4. Forth from the Father's bosom sent,
    To Him returned, He claimed His own;
Down to the realms of death He went,
    Then rose to share th' eternal throne.

5. An equal at the Father's side,
    Thou wear'st the trophy of Thy flesh;
In Thee our nature shall abide
    In strength complete, in beauty fresh.

6. With light divine Thy manger streams,
    That kindles darkness into day;
Dimmed by no night henceforth, it beams:
    Shine through all time with changeless ray.

Sheet Music from O. Hardwig, ed., The Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918)

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