O Come, Divine Messiah

O come, Divine Messiah,
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away.

Chorus
Sweet Savior haste;
Come, come to earth;
Dispel the night and show Thy face,
And bid us hail the dawn of grace;
O come, Divine Messiah,
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing of triumph,
And sadness flee away.

Thou’lt come in peace and meekness,
And lowly will Thy cradle be;
All veiled in human weakness,
Thy majesty we’ll see.

O Thou whom nations sighed for,
Whom seer and prophet long foretold,
Wilt break the captive’s fetters,
Redeem the long-lost fold.

Brothers of the Christian Schools, The De La Salle Hymnal (New York: La Salle Bureau, 1913).

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O Heart of Mary Pure and Fair

O Heart of Mary pure and fair,
There is no stain in thee;
In Adam’s fall thou hast no share,
From sin’s taint thou art free.

Chorus
O Heart of Mary, pure and fair,
No beauty can with thine compare!
From ev’ry stain of sin thou ‘rt free;
Oh make us pure in heart like thee.

As some fair lily ‘midst the thorns,
Thou ‘mongst Eve’s daughters art;
Celestial purity adorns
Thy chaste and holy heart.

Dear heart, within thy depths so pure,
We’ll dwell and ne’er depart,
Till thou our souls hast linked secure
To Jesus’ Sacred Heart.

And when from thy loved heart we’ll go
To that of thy dear Son,
Oh shall we leave thee then? Ah, no;
His Heart and thine are one.

Brothers of the Christian Schools, The De La Salle Hymnal (New York: La Salle Bureau, 1913).

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Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Hail, Mary, only sinless child
Of guilty Adam’s fallen race;
Conceiv’d all pure and undefil’d,
Through thy dear Lord’s preventing grace.

He would not have the blight of sin
A moment rest thy soul upon;
For pure without, and pure within,
Must be the Mother of his Son.

No haughty fiend might boast that he
One moment held thee in his snare,
Who of the dread Divinity
Wert destin’d for the Temple fair.

So thou wert sinless in thy birth,
And sinless after as before;
The only creature of this earth
Whom sin ne’er cast its shadow o’er.

O sweetest lily! all untorn,
Though nurs’d the thorns of earth among,
To thee we sigh, to thee we mourn,
To thee we lift our suppliant song.

From Satan’s snare preserve us free,
And keep us safe from earthly stain,
That in this world we pure may be,
And in the next may see thee reign.

Henry Formby, ed., First Series of Hymns and Songs for the Use of Catholic Schools and Families (London: Burns and Lambert, 1853).

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Carol, Sweetly Carol

Carol, sweetly carol,
A Savior born today;
Bear the joyful tidings,
Oh, bear them far away.
Carol, sweetly carol,
Till earth’s remotest bound
Shall hear the mighty chorus,
And echo back the sound.

Refrain
Carol, sweetly carol,
Carol, sweetly today,
Bear the joyful tidings,
Oh, bear them far away.

Carol, sweetly carol,
As when the angel throng,
O’er the vales of Judah,
Awoke the heavenly song.
Carol, sweetly carol,
Goodwill, and peace, and love,
Sing glory in the highest
To God who reigns above.

Carol, sweetly carol,
The happy Christmas time:
Hark! the bells are pealing
Their merry, merry chime.
Carol, sweetly carol
Ye shining ones above.
Sing, sing in loudest numbers;
Oh, sing redeeming love!

L. J. Kavanagh and James M. McLaughlin, Crown Hymnal (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1912).

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Instantis Adventum Dei

The Coming of our God
Must now our thoughts employ;
Then let us meet Him on the road
With songs of holy joy.

The co-eternal Son
A Maiden’s Offspring see;
A servant’s form Christ putteth on
To make His people free.

In glory from His throne
Again will Christ descend,
And summon all that are His own
To joys that never end.

Let deeds of darkness fly
Before th’ approaching morn,
For unto sin ’tis ours to die,
And serve the Virgin-born.

Our joyful praises sing
To Christ that set us free,
Like tribute to the Father bring,
And Holy Ghost to Thee. Amen.

Sidney S. Hurlbut, A Treasury of Catholic Song (New York: J. Fischer & Bro., 1915).

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel
Tr. Dr. J. M. Neale

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel;
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.

Chorus
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them vict’ry o’er the grave.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine Advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times didst give the law,
In cloud, and majesty, and awe.

The Marist Brothers, American Catholic Hymnal (New York: P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1911).

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En Clara Vox Redarguit

Hark, a Herald Voice is calling;
‘Christ is nigh,’ it seems to say;
‘Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the Day.’

Startled at the solemn warning,
Let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ, her Sun, all sloth dispelling,
Shines upon the morning skies.

Now the Lamb so long expected
Come with pardon down from Heaven;
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
One and all to be forgiven.

So, what next He comes with glory,
Wrapping all the earth in fear,
May He then as our Defender
On the clouds of heaven appear.

Honor, glory, virtue, merit,
To the Father and the Son,
With the co-eternal Spirit,
While unending ages run. Amen.

Sidney S. Hurlbut, A Treasury of Catholic Song (New York: J. Fischer & Bro., 1915).

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