193. From east to west

1 From east to west, from shore to shore,
let ev'ry heart awake and sing
the Holy Child whom Mary bore,
the Christ, the everlasting King.

2 Behold, the world's creator wears
the form and fashion of a slave,
our very flesh our Maker shares,
his fallen creature, man, to save.

3 For this how wondrously he wrought!
A maiden, in her lowly place,
became, in ways beyond all thought,
the chosen vessel of his grace.

4 She bowed her to the angel's word,
declaring what the Father willed,
and suddenly the promised Lord
that pure and hallowed temple filled.

5 He shrank not from the oxen's stall,
he lay within the manger-bed,
and he whose bounty feedeth all,
at Mary's breast himself was fed.

6 And while the angels in the sky
sang praise above the silent field,
to shepherds poor, the Lord most high,
the one great Shepherd was revealed.

7 All glory for this blessèd morn
to God the Father ever be,
all praise to thee, O virgin-born,
all praise, blest Spirit, unto thee.

Text Information
First Line: From east to west, from shore to shore
Title: From east to west
Author: Caelius Sedulius (c. 450)
Translator: John Ellerton, 1826-1893
Meter: LM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2000
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: Christmas
Source: Latin
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750
Meter: LM
Key: C Major
Source: Schumann's "Geistliche Lieder" (1639)

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