21. A great and mighty wonder

1 A great and mighty wonder,
A full and holy cure!
A Virgin bears the Infant
With virgin-honour pure.

Repeat the hymn again!
'To God on high be glory,
And peace on earth to men!'

2 The Word becomes incarnate
And yet remains on high!
And Cherubim sing anthems
To shepherds from the sky. [Refrain]

3 While thus they sing your Monarch,
Those bright angelic bands,
Rejoice, ye vales and mountains,
Ye oceans clap your hands. [Refrain]

4 Since all he comes to ransom,
By all be he adored,
The Infant born in Bethl'em,
The Saviour and the Lord. [Refrain]

5 All idols forms shall perish,
And error shall decay,
And Christ shall wield his sceptre,
Our Lord and God for ay. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: A great and mighty wonder
Original Language: Greek
Author: St. Germanus, 634-734
Translator: J. M. Neale, 1818-66
Refrain First Line: Repeat the hymn again
Meter: 76 76 676
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: The Christian Year: Christmas
Source: Greek
Notes: Other translators also
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Michael Praetorius, 1571-1621
Meter: 76 76 676
Key: F Major
Source: German carol melody

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