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From East to West
Caelius Sedulius (5th century, died 454)

 
From east to west, from shore to shore, 
Let every heart awake and sing 
The holy Child whom Mary bore, 
The Christ, the everlasting King. 

Behold, the world's Creator wears 
The form and fashion of a slave; 
Our very flesh our Maker shares, 
His fallen creature, man, to save. 

For this how wondrously He wrought! 
A maiden, in her lowly place, 
Became, in ways beyond all thought, 
The chosen vessel of His grace. 

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