1 Hail Progeny divine!
Hail virgin’s wondrous Son!
Who, for that humble shrine,
Didst quit th’Almighty’s throne;
The infant Lord our voices sing,
And be the King of grace adored.
2 Ye princes, disappear,
And boast your crowns no more;
Lay down your scepters here,
And in the dust adore:
Where Jesus dwells, the manger bare
In luster far your pomp excels.
3 With Bethlem’s shepherds mild
The angels bow their head;
And round the sacred Child
Their guardian wings they spread;
They knew, that where their sovereign lies
In low disguise Heav’n’s court is there.
4 Thither, my soul, repair,
And early homage pay
To Thy Redeemer fair
As on His natal day.
I kiss Thy feet, and Lord, would be
A child like Thee, whom thus I greet.
Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >
Display Title: Hail Progeny Divine!First Line: Hail Progeny divine!Tune Title: ARTHUR'S SEATAuthor: Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751Meter: 66.66.88Source: Published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scripture, by Job Orton (Shropshire, England: Joshua Eddowes & John Cotton, 1755)