The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Lamb, Whose Blood For All Men Streamed

For Christmas and Circumcision

Words: Jesu Redemptor Onmium. Revised from Christe redemptor gentium.

Translation:  Robert Campbell, of Sherrington

Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), pp. 29-30.

Lamb, whose blood for all men streamed, 
Light, that shone ere morning beamed, 
God and God's eternal Son, 
Ever with the Father one ; 

Splendour of the Father's light, 
Star of hope for ever bright, 
Hearken to the prayers that flow 
From thy servants here below. 

Lord, remember that in love 
Thou didst leave thy throne above, 
Man's frail nature to assume 
In the holy Virgin's womb. 

Now thy Church, each circling year, 
Celebrate^ that love so dear ; 
Love that brought thee here alone, 
For the guilty to atone. 

Let not earth alone rejoice, 
Seas and skies unite their voice 
In a new song, to the morn 
When the Lord of life was born. 

Ransomed by the holy tide 
Shed from thy most precious side, 
Joyful let us hail the morn 
When the Lord of life was born. 

Virgin-born, to thee be, praise, 
Now and through eternal days ; 
Father, equal praise to thee, 
With the Spirit, ever be. 

Note from Shipley:

Jesu, Redemptor omnium. Revised from Christe, Redemptor gentium. Ambrosian Vespers Breviary Hymn.

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