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267. From East to West

1 From east to west, from shore to shore,
Let ev'ry heart awake and sing
The holy child whom Mary bore,
The Christ, the everlasting King.

2 Behold, the world's creator wears
The form and fashion of our frame;
Our very flesh our Maker shares,
To save a fallen world He came.

3 For this how wondrously he wrought!
A maiden, in her lowly place,
Became, in ways beyond all thought,
The chosen vessel of his grace.

4 She bowed her to the angel's word,
Declaring what the Father willed,
And suddenly the promised Lord
That pure and hallowed temple filled.

5 He shrank not from the oxen's stall,
He lay within the manger bed,
And He whose bounty feedeth all
At Mary's breast Himself was fed.

6 And while the angels in the sky
Sang praise above the silent field,
To shepherds poor the Lord Most High,
The one great Shepherd, was revealed.

7 All glory for this blessed morn
To God the Father ever be;
All praise to thee, O Virgin-born,
All praise, O Holy Ghost, to Thee.

Text Information
First Line: From east to west, from shore to shore
Title: From East to West
Latin Title: A solis ortus cardine
Author: C. Sedulius (c. 450)
Translator: J. Ellerton, 1826-93 (alt.)
Meter: L M
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Annunciation; Lent 5
Tune Information
Meter: L M
Key: a minor

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