Praise Jesus Christ Who Came This Night
Words and Music: Biba Jesus goure Jaone, Old Basque Carol
Words Translated by the Rev. J. O'Connor
Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #98, pp. 14-15.
Praise Jesus Christ who came this night
Praise Lady Mary's maid-hood white;
Bless Saint Joseph's faithful watch ward
Keeping our Lady and our Lord.
Merciful kindness of our God
Drew him to us from bright abode,
From darkling fate in toilsome clay
Lifting to everlasting day.
Blazed a great war, the trumpets dinned;
Wroth was Jehovah: Adam sinned
For a glutton's comfort itching to know,
Prideful rebellion brought him low.
Gabriel in the end was sent,
Hailing Our Lady's pure intent
And the Spirit and the Power most high
Fill'd her with grace to mother by.
Jesus was born in nakedness;
Pride in the stable veil'd her face;
So He wrought and taught enduring need:
Naked He died to shame our creed.
Praise and thanksgiving be to Him
Reigning beyond the Seraphim;
Here making home since Christmas night;
In Him, to Him, our heart's delight.
Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #98, pp. 14-15.
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