Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday Slowdown

I hope that this weeks' posts have helped all of us to make the best Christmas preparations of all -- the most needful ones . . . those of preparing our hearts for Christmas. I know that I have wept as I've written, and it has touched my heart and renewed my wonder of the coming of our Lord.

I hope that this week's Slowdown will continue with our theme, and that as you read these lyrics and watch the video if time permits, that you will receive a blessing. I chose this video for the reverence and wonder expressed on the faces of those who portray the characters of the story.

Pause for a few moments. Renew your own wonder, and re-discover the joy that is Christmas. Thank God the Father for His gift . . .

1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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 a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

William Dix, 1865


CATachresis said...

Beautiful! We know the tune here as "Greensleeves" written in 16th century. Legend has it it was written by Henry VIII. But it is only a legend!

Belinda said...

This is a very moving hymn. I've always been touched by it and sometimes get chills when I sing it.