The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Jesus, Thou Holy Son of God

Hymnus 43.

Christmas: Evensong.

See: Christe, Redemptor Omnium

English Translation:  Jesus, Thou Holy Son of God

Source: Rev. John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London: John W. Parker, 1837), pp. 171-172.

Jesus, thou holy Son of God,
Thou friend to sinful man,
Who madest in heaven thy bright abode,
Before the world began,

Thou, Lord, our chiefest glory art,
Our only refuge thou :
Prayer is the incense of our heart;
Accept that incense now.

The likeness, Lord, thou didst assume
Of our most sinful race,
That we, thy ransomed saints, might come
To share thy promised grace.

Oh ! then, thy work of grace begin,
And when begun, maintain ;
So shall no falling back to sin
Our later years profane.

So let the land, the sea, the sky,
Let all the world rejoice,
And sing thy glorious majesty,
With a triumphant voice.

And we, to whom thou eamest on earth,
Eternal life to bring,
On this, the season of thy birth,
Thy wondrous love will sing.

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