The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Prince of Peace, To Sinners Given

Christmas Eve.

Latin: Missum redemptorum polo, No. 40.

Source: Rev. John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London: John W. Parker, 1837), pp. 43-44.

The Prince of Peace, to sinners given,
The great Redeemer sent from heaven,
The Virgin-horn, let all adore,
And spread his name from shore to shore.

The "Word of God, that dwelt on high
With God from all eternity,
Is now confined to life's short span,
Is now a helpless child of man.

Our God is in a manger laid,
Of straw his humble couch is made :
For a whole world's salvation sent,
He needs an infant's nourishment.

And see, those heaven-directing hands
Are now compressed with swaddling bands :
Helpless and desolate he lies,
That we, through Him, to heaven may rise.

He'll come once more to judge the earth,
But now He calls us to His birth :
His love to sinners thus was proved,
Oh, may we love, as we are loved!

The Father's name we loudly raise,
The Son, the Virgin-born, we praise;
The Holy Ghost we all adore,
One God, both now and evermore.

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