This hymn was used for Lauds for Sundays after the Octave of the Nativity until the Presentation unless Septuagesima occurs first in the Paris Breviary(1736).
In stature grows the heavenly child,
With death before His eyes;
A lamb unblemished, meek and mild,
Prepared for sacrifice.
The Son of God His glory hides
With parents mean and poor;
And He who made the heaven abides
In dwelling place obscure.
Those mighty hands that stay the sky
No earthly toil refuse;
And He who set the stars on high
A humble trade pursues.
He before whom the angels stand,
At whose behest they fly,
Now yields Himself to man’s command,
And lay His glory by.
Jesu, the virgin’s holy son,
We praise Thee and adore,
Who art with God the Father One,
And Spirit evermore. Amen.
Words: Jean-Baptiste de Santeul, 17th C; tr. John Chandler, 1837.
Tune: “Tallis’ Ordinal” Thomas Tallis, ca. 1567.
The original Latin text of this hymn may be found here.