A great and mighty wonder (Bernard E. Mather)
- Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2008-12-31). Score information: A4, 1 page, 24 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
Title: A great and mighty wonder
Composer: Bernard E. Mather
Source of text: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen 1447 - Folk song, first published in Alte Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng, Köln, 1599. Translated from the Greek by John Mason Neale.
Original text and translations
A great and mighty wonder, a full and holy cure:
The virgin bears the Infant with virgin honour pure!
Repeat the hymn again: To God on high be glory
and peace on earth to men!
The Word becomes incarnate and yet remains on high,
and cherubim sing anthems to shepherds from the sky.
While thus they sing your Monarch, those bright angelic bands,
rejoice, ye vales and mountains, ye oceans, clap your hands.
Since all He comes to ransom, by all be He adored,
the Infant born in Bethl'em, the Saviour and the Lord.
And idol forms shall perish, and error shall decay,
and Christ shall wield His sceptre, our Lord and God for aye.