The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Virgin-Born! We Bow Before Thee

Words: Bishop Reginald Heber, Alt.

Music: C. Gounod
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF
Meter: 8877

Source: Carol #571, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

Trebles:
Virgin-born! we bow before Thee!
Blessed was the Maid who bore Thee,
Mary, Mother, meek and mild,
Blessed was she in her Child

Tenors and Basses:
Blessed was the food that fed Thee,
Blessed was the hand that led Thee;
Blessed was the parent's eye,
That watch'd Thy slumb'ring infancy.

Trebles:
Virgin-born! we bow before Thee!
Blessed was the Maid who bore Thee,
Mary, mother, meek and mild,
Blessed was she in her child.

Trebles and Tenors:
Blessed was she by all creation
Who brought forth the world's salvation;
Blest are they and ever blest,
Who love Thee most and serve Thee best.

All:
Virgin born! we bow before Thee!
Blessed was the maid who bore Thee,
Mary, mother, meek and mild,
Blessed was she in her child.

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)


Lyrics from George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), # 215

1. Virgin-born, we bow before thee:
Blessed was the womb that bore thee:
Mary, mother meek and mild,
Blessed was she in her child.

2. Blessed was the breast that fed thee;
Blessed was the hand that led thee;
Blessed was the parent’s eye
Watch’d thy slumbering infancy.

3. Blessed she by all creation,
Who brought forth the world’s salvation,
Blessed they, for ever blest,
Most who love, and serve thee best.

4. Virgin-born, we bow before thee;
Blessed was the womb that bore thee:
Mary, mother meek and mild,
Blessed was she in her child.

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