The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

St. John Did Lean on Jesus' Breast

For St. John's Day, Dec. 27

Author: Luke Waddinge

To the tune of “I doe not Love cause thou art faire”

One of the “Short Carols for Each Day of Christmas”

From

Luke Waddinge, A Small Garland of Pious & Godly Songs, 1684

Christmas Carols of Waddinge and Devereux

Source: Thomas Wall, A Pious Garland Being the December Letter and Christmas Carols of Luke Wadding (Dublin: M.H. Gill and Son, 1960).

Saint John did lean on Jesus’s breast,
Jesus loved John more than the rest,
Our loving Jesus St. John did love,
His Gospel doth it clearly prove;
Then let St. John be loved by us,
Who was beloved by our Jesus.

Divine mysteries locked under seal
To St. John Jesus did reveal,
His secrets did to him impart,
Made him the treasurer of His heart;
Then let St. John be loved by us,
Who was beloved by our Jesus.

He was disciple, evangelist,
Apostle, prophet, what he list;
To him, His most darling friend
Jesus His mother did commend;
Then let St. John be loved by us,
Who was beloved by our Jesus.

Note:

The feast day of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist, occurs on December 27, within the traditional 12 days of Christmas. For more information, see Hymns To St. John The Evangelist.

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