O come, Redeemer of mankind, appear

O come, Redeemer of mankind, appear

Author: St. Ambrose; Paraphraser: D. T. Morgan
Tune: REDEMPTOR MUNDI
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1. O come, Redeemer of mankind, appear,
Thee with full hearts the virgin born we greet;
Let every age with rapt amazement hear
That wondrous birth which for our God is meet.

2. Not by the will of man, or mortal seed,
But by the Spirit’s breathed mysterious grace
The Word of God became our flesh indeed,
And grew a tender plant of human race.

3. Lo! Mary’s virgin womb its burden bears;
Nor less abides her virgin purity;
In the King’s glory see our nature shares;
Here in His temple God vouchsafes to be.

4. From His bright chamber, virtue’s holy shrine
The royal Bridegroom cometh to the day;
Of twofold substance, human and divine,
As giant swift, rejoicing on His way.

5. Forth from His Father to the world He goes,
Back to the Father’s face His way regains,
Far down to souls beneath His glory shows,
Again at God’s right hand victorious reigns.

6. With the eternal Father equal, Thou,
Girt with our flesh dost triumph evermore,
Strengthening our feeble bodies here below
With endless grace from Thine own living store.

7. How doth Thy lowly manger radiant shine!
On the sweet breath of night new splendor grows;
So may our spirits glow with faith divine,
Where no dark cloud of sin shall interpose.

8. All praise and glory to the Father be,
All praise and glory to His only Son,
All praise and glory, Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Both now, and while eternal ages run.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #4751

Author: St. Ambrose

Ambrosius (St. Ambrose), second son and third child of Ambrosius, Prefect of the Gauls, was born at Lyons, Aries, or Treves--probably the last--in 340 A.D. On the death of his father in 353 his mother removed to Rome with her three children. Ambrose went through the usual course of education, attaining considerable proficiency in Greek; and then entered the profession which his elder brother Satyrus had chosen, that of the law. In this he so distinguished himself that, after practising in the court of Probus, the Praetorian Prefect of Italy, he was, in 374, appointed Consular of Liguria and Aemilia. This office necessitated his residence in Milan. Not many months after, Auxentius, bishop of Milan, who had joined the Arian party, died; and m… Go to person page >

Paraphraser: D. T. Morgan

Morgan, David Thomas, b. Sep. 17, 1809, d. Nov. 14, 1886. In 1880 Mr. Morgan's translations from the Latin were published as Hymns and Poems of the Latin Church, Translated by D. T. Morgan. Arranged according to the Calendar of the Church of England, Lond., Rivingtons, 1880. About one-half of these translations had been previously printed for private circulation in his Hymns of the Latin Church, Translated by David T. Morgan, with the Originals appended, 1811. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O come, Redeemer of mankind, appear
Latin Title: Veni, Redemptor gentium
Author: St. Ambrose
Paraphraser: D. T. Morgan
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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