Ye People, Cease From Tears

Ye people, cease from tears

Author: Charles Coffin; Translator: Robert Campbell
Tune: ST. GEORGE (Gauntlett)
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1 Ye people, cease from tears,
Your prayers are heard above:
And from His throne in Heav’n appears
The God of peace and love.

2 O’er Bethl’em’s silent plains,
Hark, heav’nly voices sing,
Announcing in triumphant strains
The birthday of our king.

3 The faithful shepherds hear,
And haste the Babe to greet:
Let us like them with joy draw near,
And worship at His feet.

4 But say—oh, strange surprise—
What spectacle is seen:
An Infant in the manger laid,
His parents poor and mean?

5 Say—do we here behold
The Son of God most high,
Who doth within His hand infold
The earth and sea and sky?

6 Faith penetrates the veil,
And through the cloud drawn o’er,
Sees Him whom angels trembling hail,
The God whom they adore.

7 O Babe, Thy birth despised
And lowly manger tell,
To flee from all below that’s prized,
And with the meek to dwell.

8 From sinful shame and pride
Guard us, Thou Child divine:
Then wilt Thou in our hearts abide,
Thy cradle and Thy shrine.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8376

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Ye people, cease from tears
Title: Ye People, Cease From Tears
Latin Title: Jam desinant suspiria
Author: Charles Coffin
Translator: Robert Campbell
Source: Paris Breviary, 1736
Language: English


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