The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Book - Let All Bow Down and Read

For Christmas

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Matthew

Source: The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, Vol. 10 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1868), pp. 138-144.

 Hymn 1. The book of the generation of Jesus Christ. Matthew i. 1.

1. The book (let all bow down and read),
     The book of God to sinners given,
The birth of Abraham's blessed Seed,
     Of David's Son, sent down from heaven!
Stupendous mystery Divine,
     Gospel to ages past unknown!
Heathens and Jews through Jesus join,
     And God and man in Christ are one.

2. Father of Jesus Christ, our Lord,
     Our Father through His birth Thou art;
Thy Spirit testifies the Word
     Made flesh, to every faithful heart;
In us Thy new-born Son reveal,
     Thy Son from all eternity,
And give Him still on earth to dwell,
     By faith conceived and form'd in me.

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