The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

This Christmass Day You Pray Me Sing

Alternate Title: Another Short Caroll for Christmas Day

For Christmas Day

Author: Luke Waddinge

To the tune of “I do not love 'cause thou art fair”

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).

This Christmass day you pray me sing
My carol to our new-born King,
A God made man, the Virgin’s Son,
The Word made flesh, can this be done?
Of me I pray no more requite,
Than this great mystery to admire.

Whom heaven of heavens cannot contain
As scripture doth declare most plain,
in a poor stable is born this day,
Lay’d in a manger wrapped in hay:
Of me I pray no more require,
Than this great mystery to admire.

Heaven’s great treasures are now but small,
Immensity no extent at all,
Eternity’s but one day old,
The Almighty feeleth the winter cold:
Of me I pray no more require,
Than this great mystery to admire.

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