The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come, Thou Redeemer Of The Earth

For Advent
"Evening Hymn from Christmas Eve to the Epiphany"

Gal. 4.4. "When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."

Version 1
Compare: Come, Thou Redeemer Of The Earth - Version 2 (Neale)

Come Thou Savior of our Race
O Thou Redeemer of Our Race

Words: Veni, Redemptor Gentium, Ambrose of Milan, circa 397;
Translated from Latin to English by John Mason Neale, 1851, alt.

Music: From the Salisbury Hymnal
Additional music includes "Puer Nobis Nascitur," Trier manuscript, 15th Century.
Adapted by Michael Praetorius, 1609;
Harmony by George Ratcliffe Woodward, 1910
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML

"Veni, Redemptor Gentium"
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML

Source: The English Hymnal (Oxford University Press, 1906), #14, pp. 11-12.

1. Come, Thou Redeemer of the earth,
And manifest Thy virgin birth:
Let every age adoring fall;
Such birth befits the God of all.1

2. Begotten of no human will,
But of the Spirit, Thou art still
The Word of God in flesh arrayed,
The promised Fruit to man displayed.

3. The virgin womb that burden gained
With virgin honor all unstained;
The banners there of virtue glow;
God in His temple dwells below.

4. Forth from His chamber goeth He,
That royal home of purity,
A giant in twofold substance one,
Rejoicing now His course to run.

5. From God the Father He proceeds,
To God the Father back He speeds;
His course He runs to death and hell,
Returning on Godís throne to dwell.2

6. O equal to the Father, Thou!
Gird on Thy fleshly mantle now;
The weakness of our mortal state
With deathless might invigorate.

7. Thy cradle here shall glitter bright,
And darkness breathe a newer light,
Where endless faith shall shine serene,
And twilight never intervene.3

8. All laud to God the Father be,
All praise, eternal Son, to Thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete.4

1. Alternate First Verse:

Come thou Redeemer of the earth,
Come, testify thy wondrous birth:
All lands admire, all times applaud:
Such is the birth that fits our God. Return

2. Alternate last two lines

Runs out his course to death and hell
Returning on God's high throne to dwell Return

3.  Alternate last two lines

No more shall night extinguish day,
Where love's bright beams their power display. Return

4. Alternate Eighth Verse:

O Jesu, Virgin-born, to thee
Eternal praise and glory be,
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Spirit, evermore. Return

Sheet Music from Rev. John Mason Neale and Rev. Thomas Helmore, eds., Hymnal Noted, Part I. (London: Novello & Co., 1852), Part II (London: Novello & Co., 1856), #12, pp. 35-36.

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Sheet Music from Thomas Helmore, Accompanying Harmonies to the Hymnal Noted. Part I (London: Novello, Ewer and Co., and Masters and Son, 1852), Part II (London: Novello and Co., Joseph Masters and J. T. Hayes, 1858), #12.

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