The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

With Sanctified Festivity

Words: George Radcliffe Woodward


Music: Setting of Mira cuor mio durissimo by Charles Wood
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Charles Wood and George Ratcliffe Woodward, eds., An Italian Carol Book (London: The Faith Press, Ltd., 1920), #12

1. With sanctified festivity
    We bless the Babe Jesu;
For so on his Nativity
    Behoveth as to do,
        Who bring to him
        Who sing to him
A Carol, old or new.

2. Though high o'er Principality,
    He on the ground doth lie:
To robe with immortality
    The like of us on high
        With gloriole,
        And aureole,
The Babe is born to die.

3. In order, man, to mollify
    Thy hard and frosty will,
He shivers: thee to qualify
    For weal, he fareth ill;
        That durable,
Delights thy soul may fill.

4. The Lord thy God in lowliness
    Mid ox and ass doth sleep,
That thou mayst win through holiness
    That place where Angels keep:
        That laughter, bliss
        May, after this,
Be thine, behold him weep.

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