The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Carol XVI. Christmas Hymn to the Saviour

 

Man's Redeemer, Holy Jesus

For Christmas

Words: Anonymous.

Music: Sicilian

Source: Christmas Carols, or Sacred Songs, Suited to the Festival of our Lord's Nativity (London: John William Parker, 1833), pp. 78-79.

 

CHRISTMAS HYMN TO THE SAVIOUR.

Man's Redeemer, Holy Jesus, 
Son of God, the God Most High, 
Born from suffering to release us, 
Saviour, Lord, to Thee we cry !

Thou who cam'st thy flock to gather, 
And preserve from Adam's doom, 
Son of the Almighty Father,
Offspring of the Virgin's womb;

Grant that we, thy faith believing, 
May the mystery duly scan, 
Thee within our hearts receiving, 
Son of God and Son of Man !

Thou, for whom the Eternal Spirit 
On that maiden meek was dealt, 
O by us be own'd thy merit, 
O by us his influence felt!

Thou, whose birth a common blessing 
Was proclaim'd to all mankind, 
Grant that we, thy name professing, 
May in Thee our comfort find !

Thou in whose behalf was chanted 
Praise to God, to men good-will, 
O to us from heav'n be granted 
Grace that anthem to fulfil!

Thou, who first, on earth appearing, 
Wast to humble shepherds shown, 
Grant us, those glad tidings hearing, 
Humble hearts our joy to own !

Thou, whose birth the eastern sages 
Honour'd with their richest store, 
O may we "the Rock of Ages," 
Thee with choicest gifts adore!

Man's Redeemer, Holy Jesus, 
Son of God, the God Most High, 
Sent from suffering to release us, 
Saviour, Lord, to Thee we cry :

Thee, who dost by birth inherit, 
Who by worth thy crown hast won, 
With the Father and the Spirit, 
In the triune Godhead one !

Sheet Music from Source: Christmas Carols, or Sacred Songs, Suited to the Festival of our Lord's Nativity (London: John William Parker, 1833), p. 79.

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