Now in Holy Celebration
Now in holy celebration
sing we of that Mother blest,
in whose flesh for men's salvation
deigned to rest,
when a kindred salutation
named in faith the mystic Guest.
Lo, the advent Word
spake for joy the voice yet dumb,
through his mother's lips addressing
her, of motherhood the sum,--
bower of beauty, blest and
crowned with fruit of life to come.
"Whence," she cried, at that fair meeting,
"comes to me this great
For when I first heard the greeting
of the Mother of my Lord,
in my womb, the joy repeating,
leapt my babe in sweet
Lo, at that glad commendation
joy found voice, in Mary's breast
while in holy
she her Maker's power confessed,
at whose word each generation
now henceforward names her blest.
Triune Godhead, health supplying,
Ruler of eternity,
on the fount of grace relying,
we uplift our hearts to
praying that in realms undying
we at one with Life may be.
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