The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Why, Stern of Heart, and Dull of Ear

St. Stephen's Day: At The Mattins.

Behold my witness is in Heaven, and my record is on high.Job xvi.

"Quid, obstinata pectora"

Source: Isaac Williams, Hymns Translated from the Parisian Breviary (London: J.G.F. & J. Rivington, 1839), p. 59.

Why, stern of heart, and dull of ear,
    The heaven-born truth defy? 
When full of Heaven he bids you hear, 
    Why doom the saint to die?

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