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An Ambrosian Advent Hymn

Aurelius Ambrose (340-397 A.D.)

Come, Thou Saviour of our race,

Choicest Gift of heavenly grace!

O Thou blessed Virgin’s Son,

Be Thy race on earth begun.

Not of mortal blood or birth,

He descends from heaven to earth:

By the Holy Ghost conceived,

God and man by us believed.

Wondrous birth! O wondrous child

Of the virgin undefiled!

Though by all the world disowned,

Still to be in heaven enthroned.

From the Father forth He came,

And returneth to the same;

Captive leading death and hell—

High the song of triumph swell!

Equal to the Father now,

Though to dust Thou once didst bow,

Boundless shall Thy kingdom be;

When shall we its glories see?

Brightly doth Thy manger shine!

Glorious in its light divine:

Let not sin o’ercloud this light,

Ever be our faith thus bright.

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