Christus! Anointed One!

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1 Christus! Anointed One! King at Thy birth!
We drape Thy holy name with signs of mirth:
Bringing bright holly and weird mistletoe,
With twining ivy joy and gladness show.

2 Sing to Jehovah’s name, blended in One,
Infinite God, the Father, Spirit, Son;
Better than angels hath Jesus the Way
Gained far more excellent a name than they.

3 Myth, fables spoke of all nations’ Desire,
Through lutes of peace, and by Promethian fire;
But then Isaiah saw vision sublime
And preached the fullness of the promised time.

4 Hearken, O nations, and listen, O land,
For you a Prince, Deliverer, is at hand,
Whose gentle government shall e’er increase,
A reign of righteousness and love, and peace!

5 No longer desolate deserts are waste;
Fields wait for harvest, O you reapers, haste!
Wilderness blossoming, yes, as the rose,
And cleansing, sparkling springs invite repose.

6 Heav’n’s ruler now our guest, greet Him, O earth!
Jesus, the holy Child of purest birth!
Son of a virgin, yet monarch most high—
Hosanna to the King, exulting cry!

7 Rejoice, O mother, most blessèd thou art,
Among all women’s names thine dwells apart;
Yes, magnify Him, thy Savior and Son,
Whose rule, expected long, at last begun!

8 Wake psaltery and harp! Sound cymbal, lyre!
This natal day of Him whom hearts desire;
Blow ye the trumpets, command to the feast,
Of Christ Immanuel, our king, high priest!

Author: Anna Mercur, 1832-1903

Anna Hubbard Mercur, née Turett, lived in Lancaster, MA. She graduated from Rutgers, where she won a gold medal for an essay. She married Mahlon C. Mercur and lived in Towanda, PA. She was a poet and devoted her time to literary pursuits. Her works include The Christmas Star )published in New York by A. E. Chasmar, 1882) and Cosmos, and Other Poems (published in Buffalo, NY by Paul and Brother in 1893). The University of North Carolina has a collection of her papers which include letters received by her from friends and family living in the South and other places which discuss secession, politics and the Civil War, among other matters. Dianne Shapiro, from UNC University Libraries and "Book News: a monthly survey of general literature"… Go to person page >

Adapter: Richard W. Adams

Born: 1952, Mis­souri. Adams grad­u­at­ed from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Mis­sou­ri, Co­lum­bia (BA 1974, cum laude, Phi Be­ta Kap­pa). Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Christus! Anointed One! King at Thy birth!
Title: Christus! Anointed One!
Author: Anna Mercur, 1832-1903
Adapter: Richard W. Adams (2015)
Language: English
Copyright: Words © 2015 Richard W. Adams These lyrics may be freely reproduced or published for Christian worship or devotions, provided they are not altered, & this notice is on each copy. All other rights reserved.


[Break thou the bread of life] (Sherwin)

William F. Sherwin (PHH 8) composed BREAD OF LIFE in 1877 for the stanzas by Lathbury when he was the music director for the Chautauqua Institution. A good fit for the hymn text, BREAD OF LIFE is a quiet tune, meditative in tone but with a fine climax in its final phrase. Sing this tune in harmony a…

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