The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Pure Maid Of Nazareth

For the Visitation Of Our Lady

Words: Du keusche Seele du, R. J. Burmeister, 1672
Translation by Rev. George R. Woodward

Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), #258

1. Pure Maid of Nazareth,
The Crown of woman’s story,
Saint Joseph’s pride and glory,
Thou visitest Elisabeth:
‘Twas thy faith that led thee yonder,
Gabriel’s message for to ponder.

2. Thou, Pearl of women here,
To God’s will hast resign’d thee;
Nor wilt thou look behind thee,
But seekest friend and kindred dear,
That with loving heart and tender
Service sweet thou mayest render.

3. Christ speed thee on thy way!
Thou heav’nly soul and fairest,
‘Tis God himself thou bearest—
Jesus, the Father’s Word of ay.
Fair befal thee, blissful Maiden,
With such holy Burthen laden!

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