The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Our Lady Took The Road

For the Visitation Of Our Lady

Words: Maria gieng hinaus, from Koln Gesangbuch, 1623
Translation by Rev. George R. Woodward

Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), #257

1. Our Lady took the road
To Zachary’s abode;
O’er mountain, vale and lea,
Well many a league sped she,
By God’s command and will,
To Hebron’s holy hill.

2. Full light did Mary make
Of trouble for his sake:
God’s very Son of yore
Within her breast she bore;
And Angels bright and fair,
Unseen, her fellows were.

3. She, ere she took her way,
An orison would say,
That God her steps might tend
Safe to their journey’s end;
And there in manner meet
Her cousin she did greet.

4. Elisabeth full fain
Bow’d down her head again;
She wist ‘twas God’s own bride,
As worshipful she cried,
“O Lady, full of grace,
Whence do I see thy face?”

5. O house and home of bliss!
An earthly Paradise—
Nay, heav’n itself on ground,
Wherein our Lord is found,
The Lord of glory bright,
In goodness great, and might.

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