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Jesus ! kind visitant of earth, Of sinless and of painless birth,
Thy Mother's only-born, May love with undiverted flame Ascend, and for Thy glorious Name
All other nuptials scorn.
Jesus ! the spacious world was Thine,
Yet, when Thou would'st Thy Head recline
It scarce found room for Thee; And oh ! shall sinful man be bent On self-sought greatness, not content
With Christ-like poverty ?
Jesus ! for whom the Shepherds sought As Infant, by the angels taught
From out the midnight sky, Oh may I love Thy praise on earth, That I may one day share the mirth
Of angel hosts on high.
Jesus ! my God and Saviour, Thou, Sinless, didst as a sinner bow
To ordinance divine; Oh curb my loose and wandering eyes; Prune my self-will, and circumcise
This carnal heart of mine.
Jesus ! before Thy manger, kings Lay prostrate with their offerings,