This is the text of this hymn as it appeared in the Second Edition of William Chatterton Dix’s “Altar Songs.” He gives it the heading “The Adorable Sacrifice.”
Sweet Babe, to Thee shall prayer be made,
To Thee the daily Vow be paid:
The House of bread, Thy place of rest,
Who once was hushed at Mary’s breast.
O mystery, to mortals shown,
God seeks for man an earthly throne:
The Word made Flesh before us lies,
Yet pleads in Heaven the Sacrifice.
Here priest and king Thy Presence greet,
A royal nation throngs Thy Feet;
Their treasures open as of old,
Give myrrh and frankincense and gold.
Jesu, Thou Bright and Morning Star,
Call to Thyself the isles from far,
The lands that have not heard Thy fame,
To them declare Thy glorious Name.
O Found of them who sought Thee not,
Thy Cross shall bless each desert spot
Where now to Thee the weary lands
Stretch out for gifts their eager hands.
In every place Thy Name make known,
Let incense shroud Thine Altar-throne,
The Pure Oblation rise to Thee,
And all the heathen bend the knee!
All hail, Thou blessed Prince of Peace,
Whose coming gives the bound release:
Sets all who dwell in darkness free,
And makes them sons of light in Thee.
Our gifts we bring, but Thou dost give
Thyself to us that we may live
And praise, with Heaven’s triumphant host,
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Words: William Chatterton Dix, 1867.