1 On Mary, Virgin undefiled,
Did God bestow His favor;
She bore a Son, the spotless Child,
To Him be praise forever!
He hath us all from sin set free;
Our stay be He,
And rest eternal give us!
2 Were all the sages here below
All human wisdom showing,
The mystery of Christ to know
Were far beyond their knowing;
For full of grace and truth is He;
O may He be
Our comfort in our dying!
3 Inspired of God the prophets spake,
And faithful proved their saying,
That Christ the bonds of sin doth break,
To all by Satan's wiles enslaved;
All shall be saved
Who trust in Him, believing.
4 O Root of Jesse, David's Son,
And Jacob's Star of heaven!
Thou art the Christ, the blessed One;
Thy name all praise be given:
By grace Thou hast redeemed us all
From Adam's fall,
And Thou wilt guide and tend us.
5 O could I speak in ev'ry tongue,
The Scripture's deep expounding,
Were in my mouth the angel's song
That through high heav'n is sounding,
I on my knees would humbly fall,
On Jesus call,
And worship Him forever!
6 My sins are countless as the sands,
My crimes, O God, are crying,
Deliver me from sin's dread bands
And save me, Lord, when dying;
O let me not, for evil past,
Be lost at last,
Grant me Thy grace, I pray Thee!