104. Now Praise We Christ, the Holy One

1 Now praise we Christ, the Holy One,
The blessed virgin Mary’s Son,
Far as the glorious sun doth shine,
E’en to the world’s remote confine.

2 He who Himself all things did make
A servant’s form vouchsafed to take
That He as man mankind might win
And save His creatures from their sin.

3 The grace and pow'r of God the Lord
Upon the mother was outpoured;
A virgin pure and undefiled
In wondrous wise conceived a child.

4 The noble mother bore a Son--
For so did Gabriel’s promise run--
Whom John confessed and leaped with joy
Ere yet the mother knew her Boy.

5 Upon a manger filled with hay
In poverty content He lay;
With milk was fed the Lord of all,
Who feeds the ravens when they call.

6 The heavenly choirs rejoice and raise
Their voice to God in songs of praise.
To humble shepherds is proclaimed
The Shepherd who the world hath framed.

7 All honor unto Christ be paid,
Pure Offspring of the favored maid,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Till time in endless time be lost.


Text Information
First Line: Now praise we Christ, the Holy One
Title: Now Praise We Christ, the Holy One
Latin Title: A solis ortus cardine
Translator (into English): Richard Massie (1854, alt.)
Author (German version): Martin Luther (1524, alt.)
Author: Coelius Sedulius (c. 450)
Meter: L.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Church Year: Christmas
Tune Information
Meter: L.M.
Key: e minor
Source: "Enchiridion," Erfurt, 1524

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