Her virgin eyes saw God incarnate born

Her virgin eyes saw God incarnate born

Author: Thomas Ken
Published in 7 hymnals

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1 Her Virgin eyes saw God incarnate born,
when she to Bethlem came that happy morn:
how high her raptures then began to swell,
none but her own omniscient Son can tell.

2 As Eve, when she her fontal sin reviewed,
wept for herself and all she should include,
blest Mary, with man's Saviour in embrace,
joyed for herself and for all human race.

3 All saints are by her Son's dear influence blest;
she kept the very fountain at her breast:
the Son adored and nursed by the sweet Maid
a thousandfold oflove for love repaid.

4 Heaven with transcendent joys her entrance graced,
near to his throne her Son his Mother placed;
and here below, now she's of heaven possest,
all generations are to call her blest.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #314

Author: Thomas Ken

Ken, Thomas, D.D. The bare details of Bishop Ken's life, when summarised, produce these results:—-Born at Berkhampstead, July, 1637; Scholar of Winchester, 1651; Fellow of New College, Oxford, 1657; B.A., 1661; Rector of Little Easton, 1663; Fellow of Winchester, 1666; Rector of Brighstone, 1667; Rector of Woodhay and Prebendary of Winchester, 1669; Chaplain to the Princess Mary at the Hague, 1679; returns to Winchester, 1680; Bishop of Bath and Wells, 1685; imprisoned in the Tower, 1688; deprived, 1691; died at Longleat, March 19, 1711. The parents of Ken both died during his childhood, and he grew up under the guardianship of Izaak Walton, who had married Ken's elder sister, Ann. The dominant Presbyterianism of Winchester and Ox… Go to person page >

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Her Virgin eyes saw God incarnate born. T. Ken. [The Mother of our Lord.] This, in The English Hymnal, 1906, No. 217, is a cento of lines gathered together from a poem entitled "Sion: or, Philothea," in Bp. Ken's Works, 1721, vol. iv., pp. 370, &c.; the cento beginning at the line "When she to Bethlem came that happy morn." [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



FARLEY CASTLE, composed by Henry Lawes (b. Dinton, Wiltshire, England, 1596; d. London, England, 1662), was first published in treble and bass parts as a setting for Psalm 72 in George Sandys's Paraphrase upon the Divine Poems (1638). In the British tradition the tune is used as a setting for Horati…

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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #314Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #239Page Scan
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #310
The New English Hymnal #182
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