Jesu, Redeemer Of The World!
Vespers and Matins on Christmas Day
Words: Jesu Redemptor Onmium
Source: Rev. Edward Caswall, Lyra Catholica: containing all the hymns of the Roman Breviary and Missal (New York: G. Dunigan And Brother, 1851), p.
Jesu, Redeemer of the world!
Who, ere the earliest dawn of light,
Wast from eternal ages born,
Immense in glory as in might;
Immortal Hope of all mankind!
In whom the Father's face we see;
Hear Thou the prayers thy people pour
This day throughout the world to Thee.
Remember, O Creator Lord!
That in the Virgin's sacred womb
Thou wast conceived, and of her flesh
Didst our mortality assume.
This ever-blest recurring day
Its witness bears, that all alone,
From thy own Father's bosom forth,
To save the world Thou earnest down
O Day! to which the seas and sky,
And earth and Heav'n, glad welcome sing;
O Day! which heal'd our misery,
And brought on earth salvation's King.
We too, O Lord, who have been cleansed
In thy own fount of blood divine,
Offer the tribute of sweet song,
On this blest natal day of thine,
O Jesu! born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to Thee;
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally.
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