Christmas Hymn II

See amid the winter’s snow,
Born for us on earth below,
See the tender Lamb appears,
Promis’d from eternal years.

Hail, thou ever-blessed morn!
Hail, redemption’s happy dawn!
Sing through all Jerusalem,
Sing the Babe of Bethlehem!

Lo, within a manger lies
He who built the starry skies;
He who, thron’d in height sublime.
Sits amid the cherubim.

Say, ye holy shepherds, say
What your joyful news to-day?
Wherefore have ye left your sheep
On the lonely mountain steep!

As we watch’d at dead of night,
Lo! we saw a wondrous light;
Angels singing, ‘Peace on earth,’
Told us of the Saviour’s birth.

Sacred Infant! all divine!
What a tender love was thine,
Thus to come from highest bliss
Down to such a world as this!

Teach, oh, teach us, holy Child,
By thy face so meek and mild;
Teach us to resemble thee
In thy sweet humility.

Virgin Mother! Mary blest!
By the joys that fill thy breast,
Pray tor us, that we may prove
Worthy of the Saviour’s love.

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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