This child was born to men of God:Love to the world was given; In him were truth and beauty met, On him was set At birth the seal of heaven. He came the Word to manifest, Earth to the stars he raises: The teacher’s errors are not his, The Truth he is: No man can speak his praises. He evil fought and overcame, He took from death the power; To all that follow where he goes At last he shows The kingdom’s secret flower. The secret flower shall bloom on earth In them that have beholden; The heavenly spirit shall be plain In them again, As first it was of olden.
Paraphrased from 17th century German by Eleanor Farjeon, in "The Secret Flower and other stories" by Jane Tyson Clement
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