This Little Babe

This little Babe so few days old
is come to rifle Satan’s fold;
All hell doth at His presence quake,
though He Himself for cold do shake;
For in this weak unarmèd wise
the gates of hell He will surprise.

—Robert Southwell (1561-1595) (text used in Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols [1942])

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