Scripture Verse

He bowed the heavens…and came down.@Psalm 18:9
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John M. Neale
(1818–1866)

Words: Cos­mas the Me­lo­dist, 8th Cen­tu­ry (Χρισ­τὸς γεν­νᾶ­ται δοξ­ά­σα­τε). Trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by John M. Neale, Hymns of the East­ern Church (Lon­don: Spot­tis­woode & Com­pa­ny, 1862).

Music: Her­mann R. Schroe­der, in Great Hymns of the Church Com­piled by the Late Right Rev­er­end John Free­man Young, ed­it­ed by John H. Hop­kins (New York: James Pott, 1887), num­ber 67 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Cosmas the Melodist

Lyrics

Christ is born! Tell forth His fame!
Christ from Heaven! His love proclaim!
Christ on earth! Exalt His name!
Sing to the Lord, O world, with exultation!
Break forth in glad thanksgiving, every nation!
For He hath triumphed gloriously!

Man, in God’s own image made,
Man, by Satan’s wiles betrayed,
Man, on whom corruption preyed,
Shut out from hope of life and of salvation,
Today Christ maketh him a new creation,
For He hath triumphed gloriously!

For the Maker, when His foe
Wrought the creature death and woe,
Bowed the heav’ns, and came below,
And in the virgin’s womb His dwelling making,
Became true Man, man’s very nature taking;
For He hath triumphed gloriously!

He, the Wisdom, Word, and Might,
God, and Son, and Light of light,
Undiscovered by the sight
Of earthly monarch, or infernal spirit,
Incarnate was, that we might Heav’n inherit:
For He hath triumphed gloriously!