Dost thou in a manger lie (Anonymous)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2022-01-12).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 37 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in The Hymnal 1982, melody with words underlaid.
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2022-01-12).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 147 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in The Hymnal 1982, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Dost thou in a manger lie
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: Jean Mauburncreate page

Translation by Elizabeth Rundle Charles

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Unison
Genre: SacredCarol   Meter: 76. 76. 775. 775

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Melody from Piae Cantiones, 1582

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Dost thou in a manger lie,
who hast all created,
stretching infant hands on high,
Savior, long awaited?
If a monarch, where thy state?
Where thy court on thee to wait?
Scepter, crown, and sphere?
Here no regal pomp we see,
nought but need and penury:
why thus cradled here?

“For the world a love supreme
brought me to this stable;
all creation to redeem
I alone am able.
By this lowly birth of mine,
sinner, riches shall be thine,
matchless gifts and free;
willingly this yoke I take,
and this sacrifice I make,
heaping joys for thee.”

Christ we praise with voices bold,
laud and honor raising;
for these mercies manifold
join the hosts in praising:
Father, glory be to thee
for the wondrous charity
of thy Son, our Lord.
Better witness to thy worth,
purer praise than ours on earth,
angels’ songs afford.