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E’EN HEAVEN ITSELF GOD SET ASIDE (HYMN)

E’EN HEAVEN ITSELF GOD SET ASIDE (HYMN)

E’en heaven itself God set aside

In Maiden Mother to abide,

To clothe himself in earthly clay,

Our Ransomer, for men to slay.

 

The Maiden  brought him forth to light

To save us from our sorry plight;

He bought us with his very Blood

On Cross ‘mid pain in cruel flood.

 

May joyful hope, – a welcome guest,

Drive terror forth from every breast:

Our tears and prayers the Son will heed

If Mother for us intercede.

 

The Son accepts the Mother’s prayer;

Where rest her wishes, his are there.

Then let us love her each and all

And in the strife upon her call.

 

Be glory to the Three-in-One

Who ‘riched the Virgin with the Son;

To God in heaven let earth upraise

Through age on age a hymn of praise.

Amen.

 

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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RULER OF THE DREAD IMMENSE (HYMN)

RULER OF THE DREAD IMMENSE (HYMN)

Ruler of the dread immense!

Maker of this mighty frame!

Whose eternal providence

Guides it, as from thee it came;

 

Low before thy throne we bend;

Hear our supplicating cries;

And thy light celestial send

With the freshly dawning skies.

 

King of kings, and Lord most High!

This of thy dear love we pray:

May the Guardian Angel nigh,

Keep us from all sin this day.

 

May he crush the deadly wiles

Of the envious serpent’s art,

Ever spreading cunning toils

Round about the thoughtless heart.

 

May he scatter ruthless war

Ere to this our land it come;

Plague and famine drive away,

Fix securely peace at home.

 

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

One eternal Trinity!

Guard by thy Angelic host

Us who put our trust in thee.

Amen.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2019 in Inspirational Hymns

 

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BETHLEHEM! OF NOBLEST CITIES (CHRISTMAS CAROL)

1. Bethlehem! of noblest cities
none can once with thee compare;
thou alone the Lord from heaven
didst for us incarnate bear.

2. Fairer than the sun at morning
was the star that told his birth,
to the lands their God announcing,
hid beneath a form of earth.

3. By its lambent beauty guided,
see the eastern kings appear;
see them bend, their gifts to offer –
gifts of incense, gold and myrrh.

4. Solemn things of mystic meaning!
Incense doth the God disclose;
gold a royal child proclaimeth;
myrrh a future tomb foreshows.

5. Holy Jesus, in thy brightness
to the gentile world display’d,
with the Father and the Spirit,
endless praise to thee be paid.

– Aurelius Prudentius (348-413)

 
 

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