1. Raise we our voices to the Lord of Glory,
Who o'er the pow'rs of Hell such triumphs won!
How fade the deeds of heros fam'd in story;
Like twinkling stars before the rising sun;
See him descending;
Hailing all creation,
With tidings of Salvation,
For Man begun!
2. View we with awe the heav'nly infant stranger;
For 'tis a God, reveal'd to mortal eyes!
See, lowly lying in the hallow'd manger,
Beauty celestial pierce the mean disguise!
See his fond Mother,
Transport scarcely smother!
Wrapt in meditation;
Lost in admiration,
That she from all her nation
Should bear the prize!
3. See eastern sages, by a star directed,
Gold, myrrh, and frankincense in tribute bring,
See the sweet babe by his dread sire protected,
From the fell rage of Judah's cruel King!
See him -- (all things ended
Love divine intende)--
On the cross expiring;
Then to bliss retiring:
All earth, all Heav'n admiring!
Then, joyful, sing:
4. "Blessing and honour, glory and thanksgiving
"Be unto Him, who sitteth upon the Throne
"And to the Lamb, once slain, now ever-living:
"Whose precious blood was shed, our guilt t' attone:
"O Holy Spirit,
"Source of merit.
"Grant thy grace restoring,
"When we kneel, imploring,
"And when we sing adoring,
"The THREE IN ONE!"
- If sung on Christmas Day, the last line of the Stanza must be, "This day begun!"