The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Today Maiden Mary, Foretold By The Seer

Words of a Kontakion from the Greek Horologion (December 25), translated into English verse by G. R. W., for an Irish Mixolydian Melody; harmonized by C. W.

Notes and Source: George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, ca. 1919), Carol #76

1. To-day, Maiden Mary, foretold by the Seer,
Hath childed an Infant, the which hath no peer:
Earth lendeth the cavern to Him who on high
Abideth in light where to none may draw nigh.

2. While Angels with herdmen are chanting his birth,
"To God be the Glory, and Peace upon earth,"
Lo! at the same season, from country afar,
Three Easterlings follow the beams of a Star.

3. For why, for us mortals on Christen-mas morn,
At Bethlehem-Judah, this Baby was born,
The Son of the Father, the All-holy One,
God, blessed for ever, or time was begun.

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Sheet Music from George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, ca. 1919), Carol #76
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