Scripture Verse

A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

Introduction

Words: Ri­chard Mant, An­cient Hymns from the Ro­man Bre­vi­a­ry (Lon­don: J. G. & F. Riv­ing­ton, 1837), num­ber 40.

Music: De­us Tu­o­rum Mil­i­tum Gre­no­ble An­ti­phon­er, 1753 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Richard Mant
(1776–1848)

Lyrics

Hark! heard ye not the ancient seer,
While thus the wondrous promise ran?
A virgin shall conceive, and bear
A son, Immanuel, God with man!

Hark! hear ye not the angel bring
His answering message from the sky?
Hail, virgin blest, from whom shall spring
A son, the Son of God most high!

O Thou, who didst not scorn below,
The Son of Man, with us to dwell,
And us Thy Father’s glory show,
The Son of God, Immanuel.

Thou, for our sake incarnate made,
Thy Godhead, lo! with faith we own,
Or in a servant’s form arrayed,
Or partner of Thy Father’s throne.

O Jesus, glory be to Thee,
Returned to Thy celestial rest,
Throned with Thy Father’s majesty,
In union with the Spirit blest.