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Virgin Mother, Oh, Rejoice!

Virgin mother, oh, rejoice!

Translator: John W. Hewett
Published in 1 hymnal

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 Virgin mother, oh, rejoice!
Glad and honored is thy womb,
Where the Son of God Himself
Deigns our nature to assume:
Joy be to thy fruitful breast,
For the Son of God lies there;
Very God, a human child,
Is thy high and holy care.

2 He, the Father’s only Son,
And by whom all things were made,
Helpless, clothed in mortal flesh,
In thy tender arms is laid:
He in Heaven is the source
Whence the joy of angels flows,
Here on earth, an infant weak,
Thirst and hunger both He knows.

3 There He rules o’er all that are,
Here He doth His mother’s will;
There He gives His high commands,
Here commands He doth fulfill;
There on highest throne He sits
Far above the vaulted skies,
Here enwrapped in swaddling clothes
In a manger low He lies.

4 Mortal, think upon these things,
Study well the depth to know
Of the all embracing love
Which these wondrous lessons show:
Of forgiveness lose not hope,
Though thou mayst have sinnèd much,
When the proofs of love abound,
When the proofs of love are such.

5 Seek the blessèd fount and source
Whence indulgence flows to all,
And before the Savior’s feet
In confiding meekness fall—
Jesu, on the erring look,
All the wanderers restore,
And amid Thy hosts redeemed
Set them safe forevermore.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10679

Translator: John W. Hewett

Hewett, John William, M.A., was born in 1824, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A. 1849, M.A. 1852). From 1849 to 1852 he was a Fellow of St. Nicolas College, Shoreham; and subsequently he was Head Master of Bloxham Grammar School (1853-56), and Senior Classical Master in the North London College School (1874-78). He has also held curacies in London and the neighbourhood. He edited The Sealed Copy of the Prayer Book, 1848, and other works, and is the author of History and Description of Exeter Cathedral; and another of Ely. His original hymns and translations appeared in his Verses by a Country Curate 1859. From this work the following hymns have come into common use:— 1. In the Name of God the Father. Holy Communion. Th… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Virgin mother, oh, rejoice!
Title: Virgin Mother, Oh, Rejoice!
Latin Title: Laetare! Puerpera
Translator: John W. Hewett
Meter: D
Source: Missal of Noyon
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #10679
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