Anon
(c.1605)

Born is the babe
(S.2Vn.Va.Vc.)
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Consort song (for voice with viols) from an early seventeenth century manuscript.
Lyrics: Anon

Born is the babe, the only branch of peace,
The sweet Messiah, God's most holy son;
Whose death our life, whose wounds our joys increase;
Who wrought our weal when all our hope was gone;
Whose grief our joy, whose lack relieved our loss;
Who cured our cares by suff'ring on the cross.

Born is the lamb, the sacrifice of joy,
The spotless person, ransom of our sin;
The sweet Samaritan that cured all annoy,
The son in whom the sire delighteth in;
The hav'n of peace when worldly troubles toss;
Who cured our cares by suff'ring on the cross.

Born is the shepherd, careful of his sheep,
The light of glory, bright of majesty;
The Father's power who hath our sins in keep,
The very beam of that divinity
Whom praise we still, when worldly troubles toss:
Who cured our cares by suff'ring on the cross.