The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Beautiful Mother

Words: Adapted from the Latin of Jacopone da Todi.
Thirteenth Century.
Translator Unknown.
Vocal Recording: MP3 / OGG

Source: Elva S. Smith and Alice I. Hazeltine, Christmas In Legend And Story: A Book For Boys and Girls. 1915; Project Gutenberg Etext 11014.

"The beautiful Mother is bending
    Low where her Baby lies
Helpless and frail, for her tending;
    But she knows the glorious eyes.

"The Mother smiles and rejoices
    While the Baby laughs in the hay;
She listens to heavenly voices:
    'The child shall be King, one day.'

"O dear little Christ in the manger,
    Let me make merry with Thee.
O King, in my hour of danger,
    Wilt Thou be strong for me?"

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