Gerrit va Honthorst (1590-1656)
The Adoration of the Child
Mitt Hjerte Alltid Vanker
words by Hans Adolph Brorson (1732)
from The Crossing, The Court of a King
The miracle within and beyond all this
is God appearing here
In a stable small and rude.
He came, but was despised on this poor earth--
Him the eternal, honored Word.
Yet I know I can offer Him a dwelling place forever,
here in my heart.
Please come, sweet Jesus.
Come to this heart that is your home.
I know it's no strange place I offer you;
it is a place built and bought by you.
Here you can come back into your creation,
and I will wrap you in my heart and soul.
If I could, I would place palm branches
all around your feet.
For you, Lord, I will live and for you I will die.
I have found complete joy, as in my heart,
Lord, you are born anew.