The great God of heaven is come down to earth

The great God of heaven is come down to earth

Author: H. R. Bramley
Tune: [A Virgin unspotted, the prophet foretold] (51355)
Published in 6 hymnals

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1. The great God of Heaven is come down to earth,
His mother a virgin, and sinless His birth;
The Father eternal His Father alone:
He sleeps in the manger; He reigns on the throne.

Then let us adore Him, and praise His great love:
To save us poor sinners He came from above.

2. A babe on the breast of a maiden He lies,
Yet sits with the Father on high in the skies;
Before Him their faces the seraphim hide,
While Joseph stands waiting, unscared, by His side. [Refrain]

3. Lo! here is Emmanuel, here is the Child,
The Son that was promised to Mary so mild;
Whose power and dominion shall ever increase,
The Prince that shall rule o’er a kingdom of peace. [Refrain]

4. The wonderful Counselor, boundless in might,
The Father’s own image, the beam of His light;
Behold Him now wearing the likeness of man,
Weak, helpless, and speechless, in measure a span. [Refrain]

5. O wonder of wonders, which none can unfold:
The Ancient of Days is an hour or two old;
The Maker of all things is made of the earth,
Man is worshipped by angels, and God comes to birth: [Refrain]

6. The word in the bliss of the Godhead remains,
Yet in flesh comes to suffer the keenest of pains;
He is that He was, and forever shall be,
But becomes that He was not, for you and for me. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2016

Author: H. R. Bramley

English clergyman, a high-church Anglican. Text editor of Christmas Carols New and Old, 1871 (John Stainer was the music editor), a seminal work in the second period of carol revival. The usual four-part setting of "The First Nowell" appeared in this book. Published a number of translations of hymns and carols from the Latin.… Go to person page >



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