Ye People, Cease From Tears
For Christmas and Circumcision
Words: Jam desinant suspiria by C Coffin, The Paris Breviary
Translation: Robert Campbell, of Sherrington
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), pp. 30-31.
Ye people, cease from tears, Your prayers are heard above ; And from his throne in heaven appears The God of peace and love. O'er Bethlehem's silent plains, Hark, heavenly voices sing, Announcing in triumphant strains The birth-day of our king. The faithful shepherds hear, And haste the Babe to greet ; Let us like them with joy draw near, And worship at his feet But say — oh, strange surprise — What spectacle is seen ; An Infant in the manger laid, His parents poor and mean ? Say — do we here behold The Son of God most high, Who doth within his hand infold The earth and sea and sky ? Faith penetrates the veil, And through the cloud drawn o'er, Sees him whom angels trembling hail, The God whom they adore. O Babe, thy birth despised And lowly manger tell, To flee from all below that's prized, And with the meek to dwell. From sinful shame and pride Guard us, thou Child divine ; Then wilt thou in our hearts abide, Thy cradle and thy shrine.
Note from Shipley:
Jam desinant suspiria. Matins Hymn from the Paris Breviary, by C Coffin.
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