Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Christmas, Vespers

ChristmasJesus, Redeemer of us all,
Who, before light’s primeval morn,
In glory equal to Thy Sire,
Wast of the Sovereign Father born;

Thou, Splendour of the Father bright,
Unfailing Hope of all mankind,
O may Thy servants prayers, throughout
The world, propitious answer find.

Remember, Founder of the world,
That from the Virgin’s Sacred womb,
Erewhile, of that pure Maiden born,
Our body’s form Thou didst assume.

The present day doth witness this,
As year by year it circles on,
That, from the Father’s Bosom, Thou
Alone hast come, and Heaven won.

Him, then, the stars and land and seas,
Him under Heaven everything,
Who brought the world salvation new,
With a new canticle doth sing.

We too, whose souls Thy Precious Blood,
Hath cleansed from their sinful stain,
A tribute to Thy Birthday pay,
Raising our hymn with joyous strain.

Jesus, to Thee be glory given,
Whom erst the Virgin Mother bore,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Through endless ages evermore. Amen.

– translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, C.O., Bishop of Nottingham, England