The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A Vision True is Proved by Fear

For Christmas

The Priest Zacharias, the Husband of Elizabeth

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1144. “When Zacharias saw him, he was troubled,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 12.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 102.

A vision true is proved by fear;
We start as at illusion near,
    Unworthy of the grace:
Disturb'd by the celestial sight,
Till humble love and calm delight
    The dread and trouble chase.

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