The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

In Stature Grows The Heavenly Child

Circumcision: Matins.

Latin: Divine Crescebas Puer, No. 51, Jean-Baptiste de SanteŘil (1630-1697).

Music: Tallis' Ordinal, MIDI / Noteworthy Composer
Meter: CM

Source: Rev. John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London: John W. Parker, 1837), pp. 57-58.

In stature grows the heavenly Child
    With death before his eyes ;
A Lamb unblemished, meek and mild,
    Prepared for sacrifice.

The Son of God his glory hides
    With parents mean and poor:
And He who made the heaven abides
    In dwelling-place obscure.

Those mighty hands that stay the sky
    No earthly toil refuse,
And He who set the stars on high,
    An humble trade pursues.

He before whom the angels stand,
    At whose behest they fly,
Now yields himself to man's command,
    And lays his glory by.

The Father's name we loudly raise,
    The Son we all adore,
The Holy Ghost, one God, we praise
    Both now and evermore.Amen.

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