The Word, Who Dwelt Above The Skies
Sunday After Circumcision: Nocturn
Compare: The Word, With God The Father One
Latin: Verbum Quod Ante Secula, The Paris Breviary
Source: Rev. John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London: John W. Parker, 1837), pp. 55-56.
The Word, who dwelt above the
With God before the world began,
Now on the Virgin's bosom lies,
A helpless new-born child of man.
Already on his sinless head
The streams of wrath begin to flow ;
Already, on his infant bed,
The taste of grief the Lord must know.
The lowliest poverty he bears,
That we may be with wealth supplied ;
He weeps, and by his precious tears
A guilty world is purified.
A simple dress, a mean abode,
A life obscure, his glory hide;
Proud man! behold thy lowly God,
And let the sight destroy thy pride.
O Thou who eamest from the sky
To be the Lamb for sinners slain,
Thou wilt not leave thy saints to die,
Nor let such toil be spent in vain.
The Father's name we loudly raise,
The Virgin-born we all adore,
The Holy Ghost, one God, we praise
Both now on earth and evermore.
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