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Catholic Activity: Christmas Hymn: O Infant, God's Eternal Son

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Traditional Christmas hymn that has been widely known since 1623.

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1. O Infant, God's eternal Son,
O manger, truly Solomon's throne.
O stable, beauteous paradise,
O straw like roses without price.
Child in oxen stall,
Make us holy all.
Infant in the hay,
Make us gay!

2. O Child, Thou art beyond compare,
Thy face as bright as roses fair,
Thou art all fair from head to feet,
And more than rarest honey sweet.
Child in oxen stall,
Make us holy all.
Infant in the hay,
Make us gay.

3. Thy tiny form is ivory white,
With glowing sapphire all alight,
The sapphire Thy divinity,
The ivory, sweet humanity.
Child in oxen stall,
Make us holy all.
Infant in the hay,
Make us gay!

4. Within Thy breast a light divine
With love toward every heart doth shine,
No joy of heaven can e'er replace
The joy of those who see Thy Face.
Child in oxen stall,
Make us holy all.
Infant in the hay,
Make us gay!

Activity Source: Around the Year with the Trapp Family by Maria Augusta Trapp, Pantheon Books Inc., New York, New York, 1955

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