8385. Sent From His Heav'nly Throne On High

1 Sent from His heav’nly throne on high,
Let all the world beneath the sky
Adore the Savior newly come,
The Prince born today of virgin womb.

2 He who created Heaven and earth
Is clothèd in frame of mortal birth;
That flesh by flesh may be set free,
Nor His own creatures ruined be.

3 The Word which ere time’s course began,
Forth from His Father’s bosom ran,
Obedient now to time and to death
A helpless Infant draws its breath.

4 On straw the Almighty lays His head,
Nor spurns the manger for His bed;
And He who all creation feeds
The milk of human mother needs.

5 They guide the starry spheres, those hands
That now are wrapped in swathing bands;
All weak and weeping there He lies,
That He may raise us to the skies.

6 Hope of the whole wide earth, that Child,
Who calls us to His cradle mild,
How of such love our fitness prove
Save by return of answering love?

7 All honor, laud and glory be
O Jesus, Mary’s Son, to Thee;
To Father and the Spirit praise
Now and through endless length of days.

Text Information
First Line: Sent from His heav’nly throne on high
Title: Sent From His Heav'nly Throne On High
Latin Title: Missum Redemptorum Polo
Author: Charles Coffin
Translator: W. M. A.
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: Paris Breviary, 1736; Tr.: Annus Sanctus (Vol. 1) by Orby Shipley (London and New York: Burns & Oates, 1884)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tune: LOUELLA in "Harmonia Sacra"
Tune Information
Composer: Virgil Corydon Taylor (1850)
Meter: LM
Key: A♭ Major
Source: Choral Anthems (Boston: 1850)
Copyright: Public Domain

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