The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Born Is The Babe

Words: English Traditional, Early Seventeenth Century
Source: MS. Additional 7790, fols. 6b,7.

Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), pp. 199-200.

1. Born is the Babe, the only Branch of Peace,
    The sweet Messias, God's most holy Son,
Whose death our life, whose wounds our joys increase,
    Who wrought our weal when al our hope was gone.,
        Whose grief our joy, whose lack relieved our loss,
        Who cured our care by suffering on the Cross.

2. Born is the Lamb, the Sacrifice of Joy,
    The Spotless Person, Ransom of our sin,
The sweet Samaritan that cured all annoy,
    The Son (in) whom the Sire delighted in,
        The Haven of Peace when worldly troubles toss,
        Who cured our care by suffering on the Cross.       

3. Born is the Shepherd careful of his sheep,
    The Light of Glory bright of majesty,
The Father's Power who hath our sins in keep,
    The very Beam of true Divinity,
        Whom praise we still when worldly troubles toss,
        Who cured our care by suffering on the Cross.

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