O blessed Babe divine

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1 O blessed Babe divine,
What offerings shall we give Thee?
The gold of faith be Thine:
For we will still believe Thee.
O fill our eager hearts
With Thy refreshing grace,
And make them fit to be
Thy chosen dwelling-place.

2 Let frankincense aspire,
Pure sighs of sweetest savor,
Which pine with fond desire'
To find Thy gracious favor.
O make them purer yet,
And send Thy Spirit down,
The altar of our hearts
With holy fire to crown.

3 And myrrh, too, we prepare,
Our bitter tribulation,
Such grief as Thou didst bear
For us and our salvation.
Be strength and courage ours
In toll and tears and pain,
With Thee to wear the yoke,
The cross with Thee sustain.

4 Lo, all of ours is Thine,
Each hope and thought and feeling:
Come, blessed Babe divine,
Thyself in us revealing.
To Thee, and God in Thee,
Our dearest wishes tend:
O make us thine and His
Through ages without end.

Source: The Lutheran Hymnary #222

Author: F. J. Burmeister

Burmeister, Franz Joachim, was a native of Lüneburg. He was ordained at Cello, May 4, 1670, and instituted as diaconus of St. Michael's Church, Luneburg, July 10, 1670. This post he held till his death at Luneburg, April 21, 1672. Ho was a friend of Rist, who crowned him as a poet in 1659, and in 1660 received him into his order of Elbe Swans. (Koch, iii. 448-450: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, iii. 628; manuscript from Seminarlehrer Bode, Lüneburg.) His hymns were mostly contributed to the musical works of J. R. Ahle of Muhlhausen, 14 being set to music and published by Ahle in 1662, at Muhlhausen, as Neue yeistliche auff diehohen Festtage durchs gantze Jahr gerichtete Andachten. Those translations into English are:— i. Du keusohe Se… Go to person page >

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First Line: O blessed Babe divine
Original Language: German
Author: F. J. Burmeister
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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