10693. Bend To Our Hymns, Redeemer

1 Bend to our hymns, Redeemer,
The foe’s high brow bring low;
Thou from on high beholdest
Each sin which works our woe;
Yet us, Thine own, Most Holy,
Who steadfastly believe,
Thy minstrels, truly faithful,
Thyself in love receive.

2 The band of herdsmen chosen
The strange new sight to see,
Was troubled at beholding
The wondrous mystery:
The offspring of a maiden,
Incarnate without seed,
This, this the passing marvel
No human mind can read.

3 O sight all unaccustomed,
Their monarch, Christ the Lord,
They see by tuneful cohorts
Of seraphim adored;
In tender loving-kindness
He comes, who rules the sky,
And born of maid unwedded,
Fulfills His promise high.

4 Erewhile without a body,
The Essence flesh was made;
The Word took matter to Him
From Mary, stainless maid:
That to Himself, us sinners,
The guilty sons of men,
Creation’s fallen chieftains,
He might draw back again.

Text Information
First Line: Bend to our hymns, Redeemer
Title: Bend To Our Hymns, Redeemer
Greek Title: Νεῦσον πρὸς ὕμνους, οἰχετῶν εὐεϱγέτα
Author: John of Damascus, 685-649
Translator: William C. Dix
Meter: 76.76 D
Language: English
Source: Tr.: Lyra Messianica by Orby Shipley (London: Longman, Green, Longman, roberts & Green, 1864)
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Alexander Ewing (1853)
Meter: 76.76 D
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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