O Child of Mary's tender care!

O little Child so pure and fair!

Cradled within the manger hay

On that divine first Christmas day!

The hopes of every age and race

Are centered in Thy radiant face!

O Child whose glory fills the earth!

O little Child of lowly birth!

The shepherds, guided from afar,

Stood worshiping beneath the star,

And wise-men fell on bended knee

And homage offered unto Thee!

O Child of whom the angels sing!

O little Child, our Infant King!

What balm for every sorrow lies

Within those clear, illumined eyes!

O precious gift to mortals given

To win us heritage in Heaven!