Hail, Hail The Word Made Flesh

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Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francesco by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio


What child is this who, laid to rest,
on Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste to bring him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.

Why lies he in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you;
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The babe, the son of Mary.

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh,
Come, peasant, king, to own him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone him.
Raise, raise the song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby;
Joy, joy, for Christ is born,
The babe, the son of Mary.

~ William Chatterton Dix, 1865

This exquisite hymn is one of our family favorites, requested frequently during our Advent and Christmas carol sings. Listen to the tune and read more about the hymn here.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons


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