The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come, Ye Faithful, Loud Exalt

For the Christmas-tide

Words: Lætabundus, A Sequence from an 11th Century Manuscript, with notes
Erroneously attributed to S. Bernard of Clairvaux (died 1153)
Translation from The Hymner

Compare: Faithful People (Terry, A Medieval Carol Book)

Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed., Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), # 23

1. Come, ye faithful,
Loud exult, with joy exceeding,
Monarchs’ Monarch,
From a Virgin womb proceeding,
Mighty wonder!

2. Angel of the Counsel, here
Sun from star, he doth appear,
Born of Maiden:
Sun that never knoweth night,
Star for ever shining bright,
Lustrous ever.

3. As a star his kindred ray,
Mary doth her Child display,
Like in nature
Still undimm’d the star shines on,
And the Virgin bears a Son,
Pure as ever.

4. Lebanon his cedar tall
To the hyssop of the wall
Now conformeth:
Word on high, he doth assume
Human flesh in Mary’s womb,
God incarnate.

5. Though Esaias had foreshown,
Though the Synagogue had known,
Yet the truth she will not own,
Blind remaining:
If her prophets speak in vain,
Let her heed a Gentile strain,
And from mystick Sibyl gain
Light in darkness.

6. No longer then delay;
Doubt not what legends say;
Why be cast away,
A race forlorn?
Turn and this Child behold—
That very Son, of old
In God’s writ foretold,
A Maid bath borne.

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