The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Christ, Redeemer Of Our Race

Words: Christe Redemptor Omnium, Latin, 6th Century
Translated from Latin to English by Sir Henry Williams Baker (1821-1877).

Compare: O Saviour Of Our Fallen Race and Jesu, The Father's Only Son

Music: "Erfurt," Geistliche Lieder, Leipzig, 1539
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
Meter: LM

Source: Hymns Ancient And Modern (London: William Clowes And Sons Limited, 1922), #57

1. O Christ, Redeemer of our race,
Thou Brightness of the Father's Face,
Of Him, and with Him ever One,
Ere times and seasons had begun.

2. Thou art that very Light of Light,
Unfailing Hope in sin's dark night,
Hear Thou the prayers Thy people pray,
The wide world o'er, this blessèd day.

3. Remember, Lord of life and grace,
How once, to save a ruined race,
Thou didst our very flesh assume
In Mary's undefilèd womb.

4. To-day, as year by year its light
Sheds o'er the world a radiance bright,
One precious truth is echoed on,
"'Tis Thou hast saved us, Thou alone."

5. Thou from the Father's throne didst come
To call His banished children home;
And Heav'n, and earth, and sea, and shore
His love Who sent Thee here adore.

6. And gladsome too are we to-day,
Whose guilt Thy Blood has wash'd away;
Redeem'ed the new-made song we sing;
It is the birthday of our King.

7. O Lord, the Virgin-born, to Thee
Eternal praise and glory be,
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Ghost forevermore.

Sheet Music "Morning Hymn" from J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #61, p. 94.

"Proper Melody, from the Salisbury Hymnal
Harmonized by Hermann R. Schrœder"

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