The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Redeemer Of The Nations! Hear

For December 29th and 30th

Words: Audi Redemptor gentium, Anglo-Saxon Hymnaries, translated by J. D. Chambers

Tune: S. Ethelburga, Arthur H. Brown
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Meter: LM

Source: Arthur Henry Brown, ed., The Altar Hymnal (London: Griffith, Farrar, Okeden & Welsh, 1885), #17, pages 53-55.

1. Redeemer of the nations! hear
The glory of Thy natal morn;
Thou Who in Bethlehem didst appear
From God, of Mary Virgin born!

2. Christ! Lord of Virtues! man no part
In Thy mysterious Birth can boast;
One in Divinity Thou art,
And Fellow with the Holy Ghost!

3. Thy powers the Universe restore,
Deliver all who trust in Thee;
And mighty in the ghostly war
Us sinners from destruction free.

4. Thee born of God, a God we view,
In that corporeal frame enshrined;
And like to God, the Manhood true
In wondrous mystery combined.

5. Now Saints in humble faith adore,
And Angels worship in amaze,
Born of a body chaste and pure,
The Shepherd of great Judah's race.

6. Light on the lost by Thee is poured,
True Branch of Jesse's ancestry!
By carnal taint unsullied, Lord!
Thou art what Thou hast willed to be.

7. O joy of this, Thy Natal Day!
Thee Man, yet born of God, we own;
Enthroned in Thy paternal sway,
Let all confess the Mighty Son.


Although the titles are similar, this hymn is not related to Redeemer of the Nations, Come, the Catherine Winkworth translation of Veni, Redemptor Gentium, or Redeemer of the Nations, Come, Translator Unknown.

S. Ethelburga, Arthur H. Brown


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