Let earth and heaven combine

Ave Maria by Franz Schubert
Transcribed for piano solo by Franz Liszt
Played by Valentina Lisitsa

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BELOW is a poem on the Nativity by Charles Wesley. I have added some lines from the Salutations to the Mother of God.

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EVERY angelic being was amazed at the great work of your incarnation.
For they saw the One who is Unapproachable as God, as a mortal approachable by all, living his life among us, while hearing from us all:

Alleluia!

HAIL, Bride without bridegroom!

Hail, for things in heaven exult with earth,
Hail, for things on earth rejoice with heaven.

LET earth and heaven combine
Angels and men agree,
To praise in songs divine
The’ incarnate Deity;
Our God contracted to a span
Incomprehensibly made man.

Hail, you through whom creation is renewed.
Hail, you through whom the Creator becomes a babe.

2 He laid his glory by,
He wrapp’d him in our clay;
Unmark’d by human eye,
The latent Godhead lay;
Infant of days he here became,
And bore the mild Immanuel’s Name.

An icon of Jesus and his mother Mary

“Infant of days he here became,
And bore the mild Immanuel’s Name.”

Hail, height hard to climb for human thoughts,
Hail, depth hard to scan even for angels’ eyes.

3 Unsearchable the love
That hath the Saviour brought;
The grace is far above
Or man or angel’s thought;
Suffice for us that God, we know,
Our God, is manifest below.

Hail, heavenly ladder by which God came down,
Hail, bridge, leading those from earth to heaven.

4 He deigns in flesh to’ appear,
Widest extremes to join;
To bring our vileness near,
And make us all divine:
And we the life of God shall know;
For God is manifest below.

Hail, key of Christ’s kingdom,
Hail, hope of eternal blessings.

5 Made perfect first in love,
And sanctified by grace,
We shall from earth remove,
And see his glorious face:
Then shall his love be fully show’d,
And man shall then be lost in God.

Hail, for through you transgression has been abolished,
Hail, for through you Paradise has been opened.

HAIL, Bride without bridegroom!

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