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Far" they travel, oft inquiring Where the wondrous babe is born :
On they came with great desiring, Although others treat with scorn.
See, a babe of days and weakness
Heaven's Almighty now appears, Liable to death and sickness,
Shame and agony and tears. Sovereign he and great Creator,
He who form'd the heav'ns and earth, Yet takes on him human nature,
Angels wonder at his birth.
Why, ah, why this condescension,
God with mortal man to dwell ? Why lay by his grand pretension,
He who does all thrones excell ? "lis to be a man, a brother,
With us sinners of mankind : Vain we search for such another,
Ne'er we love like this shall find.
'Tis to make himself an offering .
As a pure atoning lamb, Souls redeeming by his suffering,
That in human flesh he came ;