Hail, Thou Wondrous Infant Stranger   Leave a comment

Adoration of the Shepherds 02

Above:  The Adoration of the Shepherds, by Charles Le Brun

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923)

Words by Timothy Lamb (1758-1829)

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1.  Hail, Thou wondrous Infant Stranger,

Born lost Eden to regain;

Welcome in Thy humble manger,

Welcome to Thy creature man;

Hail Immanuel, Hail Immanuel,

Thou Who wast ere time began.

2.  Say, ye blest seraphic legions,

What thus brought your Maker down?

Say, why did He leave your regions,

Why forsake His heavenly throne?

Notes melodious, notes melodious,

Tell the cause:  Goodwill to Man.

3.  We this offered Saviour needed,

Hence we join your theme with joy;

We by none will be exceeded,

While we laud this mystery,

And with wonder, and with wonder,

God incarnate glorify.

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