God From on High Hath Heard

God from on high hath heard;
Let sighs and sorrows cease;
Lo, from the opening Heaven
Descends the promised Peace!

Hark, through the silent night
Angelic voices swell:
The hosts of heaven proclaim
God, born on earth to dwell.

Now with the shepherd band
Speed on with eager feet:
Come seek the hallowed cave
The holy Babe to greet.

But O, what sight appears
Within the lowly door!
Behold a manger rude,
A Child and Mother poor.

Art Thou the Christ, the Son,
Of Light the very Light,
Who holdest in thine Hand
Earth and the starry height?

Yea, faith can pierce the cloud
Which veils thy glory now;
And hail Thee God and Lord,
To Whom all creatures bow,

Faith sees the sapphire throne,
Where angels evermore
Adoring tremble still,
And trembling still adore.

Jesu, thy silence speaks,
And bids us not refuse
To bear what flesh would shun,
To spurn what flesh would choose.

Once born within us, Lord,
By that pure love of thine,
Keep Thou each contrite heart
Thy cradle and thy shrine. Amen.

Alfred Young, The Catholic Hymnal (New York: The Catholic Publication Society Co., 1888).

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