He Is Born

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He is born, the divine Christ Child;
play the oboe and bagpipes merrily!
He is born, the divine Christ Child;
sing we all of the Savior mild.

1 Through long ages of the past,
prophets have foretold His coming;
through long ages of the past,
now the time has come at last! [Refrain]

2 O how lovely, oh,O how pure
is this perfect Child of heaven;
O how lovely, O how pure,
gracious gift to human-kind! [ Refrain]

3 Jesus, Lord of all the world,
coming as a Child among us;
Jesus, Lord of all the world,
grant to us Thy heavenly peace. [Refrain]

Source: Celebrating Grace Hymnal #106

Translator: Anonymous

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Text Information

First Line: Through long ages of the past (Depuis plus de quatre mille ans)
Title: He Is Born
French Title: Depuis plus de quatre mille ans
Translator: Anonymous
Meter: with refrain
Source: Traditional 19th cent. French carol
Language: English
Refrain First Line: He is born, the holy Child (Il est né, le divin Enfant)
Copyright: Public Domain



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