Author: Caelius Sedulius (5th cent.?); John Ellerton (1826-1893) Meter: 188.8.131.52 Appears in 36 hymnals Scripture: Luke 2:1-20 Lyrics: 1 From east to west, from shore to shore,
let every 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 a slave;
our very flesh our Maker shares,
his fallen creatures all to save.
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 Assenting to the angel's word,
she chose what God the Spirit 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 feeds us 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 blessèd morn
to God, the source of all, is due;
all praise to you, O Virgin-born,
all praise, O Holy Ghost, to you.
Topics: Christmas; Mary; Epiphany Used With Tune: PUER NOBIS NASCITUR
From East to West, from Shore to Shore