The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christ, Whose Redemption All Doth Free

For Christmas

Words: Christe, Redemptor Omnium

From the Primer, 1619.

Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), Appendix pp. 3, 5.

Christ, whose redemption all doth free,
Son of the Father, who alone,
Before the world began to be,
Didst spring from him by means unknown.

Thou his clear brightness, thou his light,
Thou everlasting hope of all,
Observe the prayers which in thy sight
Thy servants in the world let fall.

O dearest Saviour, bear in mind,
That of our body, thou a Child
Did whilome take the natural kind,
Born of the Virgin undefiled.

Thus much this present day makes known,
Passing the circuit of the year,
That thou from thy high Father's throne,
The world's sole safety didst appear.

The highest heaven, the earth and seas,
And all that is within them found,
Because he sent thee us to ease,
With mirthful songs his praise resound.

We also, who redeemed are
With thy pure blood from sinful state,
For this thy birthday will prepare
New hymns, this feast to celebrate.

Glory, O Lord, be given to thee,
Whom the unspotted Virgin bore ;
And glory to the Father be,
And Holy Ghost for evermore.

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