The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hark! The Angel Greets The Maiden

Words by E. W. Benson (1829-1896)

Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), #248

1. Hark! the Angel greets the Maiden,
“Christ is born, if thou believe,
Solace of the sorrow-laden,
Ransom of the sin of Eve.”

2. Lowly in her lowly dwelling,
With a holy virgin fear,
To the glorious Angel telling
God’s high grace, she bow’d her ear.

3. So the Spirit came upon her;
Moved as o’er the ancient deep;
Gave her—O the unearthly honour!
God for her own Son to keep.

4. Jesu Maker, Jesu Brother,
Lift me, gently leading on,
From the bosom of thy Mother
To thy Cross, and then thy throne.

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