The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Blessed Birth

Alternate Title: That So Thy Blessed Birth

Words by George Wither

Music by H. Walford Davies

Carol 635, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

That so Thy blessed Birth, O Christ,
Might thro' the world be spread about,
The star appeared in the East,
Whereby the Gentiles found Thee out;
And offered Thee
Myrrh, Incense, Gold
The three-fold office to unfold.
Tears that form true repentance drop,
Instead  of Myrrh, present will we:
For Incense we will offer up
Our prayers and praises unto Thee
And bring for gold each pious deed,
Which doth from saving faith proceed.
And as those wise men never went
To visit Herod any more,
So, finding Thee, we will repent
Our courses followed heretofore
And that we homeward may retire
The way by Thee we will enquire. Amen

Sheet Music from Rev. Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol 635

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