The Boyhood of Christ

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1 The growing limbs of God the Son,
The Father's sole-begotten One,
Prepare him for his work on earth,
Who for mankind took human birth.

2 In wisdom and in grace he grows,
Each step of human life he knows,
In all save sin, like us was made,
To be a fallen people's aid.

3 His Father's house he enters in,
Where rabbis teach their cure for sin,
While in his heart he hears the call
Which through his cross won life for all.

4 And he who rules angelic bands,
Who high in heavenly glory stands,
Now yields him to his mother's will,
A boy's obedience to fulfill.

5 He all his radiant splendor hides,
And he who made the stars abides
With Joseph and the Mother blest,
In form of servant manifest.

6 To him, the Father's only Son,
Let praise and honour now be done,
Who by the Holy Spirit's grace
Took flesh to save our human race.

Source: The New English Hymnal #45

Paraphraser: G. B. Timms

Full name George Boorne Timms Go to person page >

Author: Jean Baptiste de Santeul

SanteĆ¼il, Jean-Baptiste de, was born in Paris of a good family on May 12, 1630. He was one of the regular Canons of St. Victor, at Paris, and, under the name of Santolius Victorinus, was distinguished as a writer of Latin poetry. Many of his hymns appeared in the Cluniac Breviary 1686, and the Paris Breviaries 1680 and 1736, and several have been translated into English, and are in common use in Great Britain and America. He was very jocose in disposition and singular in his habits. When on a journey he died at Dijon, Aug. 5, 1697. His Hymni Sacri et Novi were published at Paris in 1689, and again, enlarged, in 1698. [George Arthur Crawford, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: The growing limbs of God the Son
Title: The Boyhood of Christ
Paraphraser: G. B. Timms
Author: Jean Baptiste de Santeul
Source: Divine crescebas puer by J. B. de Santeuil (in part based on)
Language: English
Copyright: Permission granted by Canterbury Press Norwich


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