Ancient Christmas Hymn

My fiance Tracy is quite a talented pianist. In an e-mail she sent me she included the following hymn as one of her favourites. It is old and therefore hardly sung or played today but if you read through the words you will be challenged and encouraged by the Scriptural truth found therein. It is about time to resurrect some of these wonderful ancient hymns of the faith! I will leave it with you so that you can enjoy it this Christmas season!

Let all mortal flesh keep silence, And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded, For with blessing in his hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth, Our full homage to demand.

 

King of kings, yet born of Mary, As of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords in human vesture, In the Body and the Blood
He will give to all the faithful, His own self for heavenly food.

 

Rank on rank the host of heaven, Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of light descendeth, From the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish, As the darkness clears away.

 

At his feet the six-winged seraph; Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the presence, As with ceaseless voice they cry,
“Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, Lord most high!” Amen.

Words: From the Liturgy of St. James, 5th Century
Music: Traditional French Carol

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2 Responses to Ancient Christmas Hymn

  1. Doug Smith says:

    Sounds like you’ve got a keeper, Allen. My pianist wife and I love hymns like that as well (we both love minor key music). For those who can’t read/obtain the notation for the song, here’s a link that will include the tune: http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/l/e/letallmf.htm

  2. allenmickle says:

    Doug,

    Yep! I do have a keeper my friend! Thanks for the link too to the tune. It’s hauntingly beautiful I must say. :)

    Many blessings this Advent season!

    Allen

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