The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Lord Babe, If Thou Art He

Epiphany

Words: Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), Before 1886

See: Christmastide Poems of Christina Rossetti

Source: The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti, with a Memoir and Notes by William Michael Rossetti (1904), page 160.

'Lord Babe, if Thou art He
We sought for patiently,
Where is Thy court?
Hither may prophecy and star resort;
Men heed not their report.'
'Bow down and worship, righteous man:
This Infant of a span
Is He man sought for since the world began!'
'Then, Lord, accept my gold, too base a thing
For Thee, of all kings King.'

'Lord Babe, despite Thy youth
I hold Thee of a truth
Both Good and Great:
But wherefore dost Thou keep so mean a state,
Low-lying desolate?'
'Bow down and worship, righteous seer:
The Lord our God is here
Approachable, Who bids us all draw near.'
'Wherefore to Thee I offer frankincense,
Thou Sole Omnipotence.'

'But I have only brought
Myrrh; no wise afterthought
Instructed me
To gather pearls or gems, or choice to see
Coral or ivory.'
'Not least thine offering proves thee wise:
For myrrh means sacrifice,
And He that lives, this Same is He that dies.'
'Then here is myrrh: alas, yea woe is me
That myrrh befitteth Thee.'

Myrrh, frankincense, and gold:
And lo from wintry fold
Good-will doth bring
A Lamb, the innocent likeness of this King
Whom stars and seraphs sing:
And lo the bird of love, a Dove,
Flutters and coos above:
And Dove and Lamb and Babe agree in love:
Come all mankind, come all creation hither,
Come, worship Christ together.

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