Tune - Manoah - composed by Gioacchino A. Rossini, arranged by Franz Joseph Haydn
How beautiful the mystery:
Thíeternal Word comes down
To live and love and die and rise,
To claim His victorís crown.
Content we find Him cradled there
Amongst the filth and beasts.
Who would believe that He will be
Our guide from death to peace!
By angry swords and dark decree
Heís driven from His land.
But still He humbly bows His head
To trust His Fatherís hand.
The spotless Lamb lays down His life,
A curse upon a cross.
Then lives that He might guarantee
That no sheep will be lost.
O! May our hearts grow ever fond
Of Maryís precious boy:
Our Christ, our hope, our heartís desire,
Our King and Sovíreign Joy!
Words by Eric Schumacher (copyright)