The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

When To Thee Our Saviour Christ

For the Nativity of S. John The Baptist

Words: Da en dir der Hcilaszd bane, R. Wagner (1813-1883)

Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), #255

When to thee our Saviour Christ
Came, full fain to be baptiz’d,
Seal’d to be a Victim blest,
Then received we his behest,-—
In baptismal flood that we
Might be cleans’d, and pure as he.
    Saintly teacher, Herald-preacher,
Prithee be our guide
Over Jordan’s tide.

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