Holy Babe, Our Great Salvation

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1 Holy Babe, our great salvation,
Jesu, born to save the earth,
Let pure hearts with love unfailing
Celebrate Thy wondrous birth.

2 Loving Shepherd, night descending
Calls us soon to needful sleep;
But Thou still, Thy flock defending,
From the wolf wilt guard Thy sheep.

3 From the bosom of Thy mother,
Thou, like us, didst nurture find;
Be Thou then our elder brother,
And protector ever kind.

4 Hail, the Dayspring of salvation;
Virgin born, to Thee be praise;
Father, Thine be adoration;
Spirit, Thine through endless days.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8386

Author: Charles Coffin

Coffin, Charles, born at Buzaney (Ardennes) in 1676, died 1749, was principal of the college at Beauvais, 1712 (succeeding the historian Rollin), and rector of the University of Paris, 1718. He published in 1727 some, of his Latin poems, for which he was already noted, and in 1736 the bulk of his hymns appeared in the Paris Breviary of that year. In the same year he published them as Hymni Sacri Auctore Carolo Coffin, and in 1755 a complete ed. of his Works was issued in 2 vols. To his Hymni Sacri is prefixed an interesting preface. The whole plan of his hymns, and of the Paris Breviary which he so largely influenced, comes out in his words. "In his porro scribendis Hymnis non tam poetico indulgendunv spiritui, quam nitoro et pietate co… Go to person page >

Translator: Robert Campbell

Robert Campbell was an advocate residing in Edinburgh. He is not much known as an author, but some of his hymns have been adopted in several hymnals. He was Roman Catholic. His death occurred in 1868. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Holy Babe, our great salvation
Title: Holy Babe, Our Great Salvation
Latin Title: Munid salus qui nasceris
Author: Charles Coffin
Translator: Robert Campbell
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Source: Paris Breviary 1736
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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