Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.@Luke 2:11

Charles Cof­fin, in the Pa­ris Bre­vi­a­ry, 1736 (Mun­di Sal­us Qui Nas­cer­is). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Ro­bert Camp­bell (1814–1868). Pub­lished in An­nus Sanc­tus, Vol­ume 1, ed­it­ed by Or­by Ship­ley (Lon­don & New York: Burns & Oates, 1884), page 36.

Well­es­ley Liz­zie Tour­jée, 1878 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles Coffin (1676–1749)

Holy Babe, our great salvation,
Jesu, born to save the earth,
Let pure hearts with love unfailing
Celebrate Thy wondrous birth.

Loving Shepherd, night descending
Calls us soon to needful sleep;
But Thou still, Thy flock defending,
From the wolf wilt guard Thy sheep.

From the bosom of Thy mother,
Thou, like us, didst nurture find;
Be Thou then our elder brother,
And protector ever kind.

Hail, the Dayspring of salvation;
Virgin born, to Thee be praise;
Father, Thine be adoration;
Spirit, Thine through endless days.