1 From east to west, from shore to shore,
let every heart awake and sing
the holy child whom Mary bore,
the Christ, the everlasting King.
2 Behold! The world's creator wears
the form and fashion of a slave;
our very flesh our Maker shares,
his fallen creatures all to save.
3 For this how wondrously he wrought!
A maiden, in her lowly place,
became, in ways beyond all thought,
the chosen vessel of his grace.
4 Assenting to the angel's word,
she chose what God the Spirit willed,
and suddenly the promised Lord
that pure and hallowed temple filled.
5 He shrank not from the oxen's stall,
he lay within the manger bed,
and he whose bounty feeds us all
at Mary's breast himself was fed.
6 And while the angels in the sky
sang praise above the silent field,
to shepherds poor the Lord most high,
the one great Shepherd, was revealed.
7 All glory for this blessèd morn
to God, the source of all, is due;
all praise to you, O Virgin-born,
all praise, O Holy Ghost, to you.
|First Line:||From east to west, from shore to shore|
|Title:||From East to West, from Shore to Shore|
|Author:||Caelius Sedulius (5th cent.?)|
|Translator:||John Ellerton (1826-1893)|
|Scripture:||Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-20; Galatians 4:1-7; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 2:10-18|
|Topic:||Christmas; Mary; Epiphany|
|Name:||PUER NOBIS NASCITUR|
|Adapter:||Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)|
|Harmonizer:||George R. Woodward (1848-1934)|
|Source:||Trier MS (15th cent.)|
|Copyright:||Harm. © Mowbray / Cassell plc|