1 The great forerunner of the morn,
The herald of the Word, is born;
And faithful hearts shall never fail
With thanks and praise his light to hail.
2 With heav'nly message Gabriel came,
That John should be that herald's name,
And with prophetic utt'rance told
His actions great and manifold.
3 Though not yet born, John gave aright
His witness to the coming Light;
And Christ, the Sun of all the earth,
Fulfilled that witness at his birth.
4 John's mighty deeds exalt his fame
To greater than a prophet's name;
Of woman born shall never be
A greater prophet than was he.
Source: RitualSong (2nd ed.) #974
|First Line:||The great forerunner of the morn|
|Title:||The Great Forerunner of the Morn|
|Latin Title:||Precursor altus luminis|
|Author:||The Venerable Bede|
|Translator:||J. M. Neale|