As Mary holds the babe in her arms,
The Wonder, wrought by God,
Makes her heart beat faster.
Wonderful Counselor, this new-born King,
Brings to all mankind
Salvation and Eternal Hope.
As shepherds huddle around the manger
On this star-lit night,
The distant background reveals a cruel cross.
Born to die! A terrible thought.
Yet, Mary knows that this very night
The door has opened to heavenly light!