The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

To The Virgin He Sends

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Words: Mittit ad Virginem, Peter Abelard
Translation by John Mason Neale

Music: "Mitt ad Virginem," from the Salisbury Gradual
Harmony by S. S. Greatheed

Source: Arthur Henry Brown, ed., The Altar Hymnal. London: Griffith, Farrar, Okeden & Welsh, 1885, #78. pp. 255-259.

1. To the Virgin He sends
No inferior Angel;
But Gabriel He summons,
His Might, His Archangel;
He, Lover of men.

2. And mighty must needs be
The Messenger sent,
By whom shall the order
Of Nature be bent,
When a Virgin shall bear.

3. The King's Natal glory
Shall Nature o'er sway;
Let Him reign, let Him conquer,
By purging away
The dross of corruption.

4. Let Him cast ev'ry haughty one
Down from his seat,
In His Might, on the mighty ones,
Setting His feet,
The Victor in battle.

5. Let Him cast out the Monarch
Whom this world obeys;
To the Throne of the Father
His Bride let Him raise,
To be sharer with Him.

6. Go forth on my message,
These gifts to unfold;
From the letter of Scripture
The veil shall be rolled,
By the might of thy word.

7. Draw night, speak the tidings,
Say Hail! to her now;
And say, Highly favoured,
And say, Fear not thou,
And the Lord is with thee.

8. Receive, then, O Virgin,
The Gift God ordains,
While yet the firm purpose
Unalter'd remains
Of thy chaste resolve.

9. The word she receiveth,
That lowliest one,
Believeth, conceiveth,
And beareth the Son
And His Name shall be called.

10. Wonderful, Counselor,
Lord God of Hosts;
The Father Eternal,
The Monarch Who boasts
A Kingdom of Peace!

Sheet Music From The Altar Hymnal.

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