The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Christ, Redeemer Of Us All

For Christmas

Words: Christe, Redemptor Omnium.

From the Primer, 1604, Translator Unknown.

Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), Appendix pp. 2, 4.

O Christ, Redeemer of us all,
And of the Father only Son,
Thy birth alone unspeakably
Before beginning was begun.

The Father's light and brightness both,
The lasting hope thou art of all ;
Attend unto thy servants' plaints
Throughout the earth on thee that call

Be mindful, author of our health,
That thou sometime didst take on thee,
Of a pure Virgin being born,
The form of our humanity.

And so this day doth witness well,
By yearly course as it doth pass,
That only from thy Father's seat,
This world to save thy coming was.

This day the heaven, the earth and sea,
This day within them all that live,
As cause that thou to us art come,
With songs rejoice and praises give.

And we which thy most holy blood
Did freely to redemption bring,
In honour of thy day of birth,
A new song unto thee do sing.

Glory be unto thee, O Lord,
The which the Blessed Virgin bore,
With the Father and Holy Ghost,
From this time forth for evermore.

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