Welcome, Son of Mary
Words: Nu sijt willekome Jesu lieven Heer, Dutch Carol of the 15th Century
Words translated by the Rev. John O'Connor
Music: Traditional Dutch Carol
Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #117, pp. 14-15.
1. Welcome Son of Mary, 'Tis
from far You come,
If so You mean to tarry, make this Your home.
From the height of glory why so low as us descend,
Know'st Thou of our story and how we need a friend?
2. Shepherds round the
sheiling1 saw a blazing light,
Heard song o'er Judah pealing: He's here tonight!
Fear not any danger but to David's city go,
Swathed in a manger your Saviour shall ye know.
3. Came from vigil olden
three wise orient kings,
And incense, myrrh and golden store each one brings.
Kneeling they adore Him and present their tribute mild;
Jacob's star is o'er Him, by this they know the Child.
4. Kyrie Eleison blithe
and soft begin,
With Kyrie Eleison all men come in,
Christmas night all holy wherein Jesus Christ was born,
Of a maiden lowly, pure as eternal morn.
Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #117, pp. 14-15.
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