The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Branch of Jesse's Stem, Arise

Hymn XX.

For Christmas

Words: Charles Wesley

Source: John Wesley, ed., A Collection of Hymns, for the Nativity of our Lord: and for New-Year's-Day (London: Printed at the Conference Office, 1806, 1810), p. 18.

1. Branch of Jesse's stem, arise,
          And in our nature grow,
     Turn our earth to paradise,
          By flourishing below;
     Bless us with the Spirit of grace
Immeasurably shed on thee,
     Pour on all the faithful race
          The streaming Deity!

2. Let the Spirit of our Head
          On all the members rest,
     From thyself to us proceed
          And dwell in every breast;
     Teach to judge and act aright,
Inspire with wisdom from above,
     Holy faith and heavenly might,
          And reverential love.

3. Lord, of Thee we fain would learn
          Thy heavenly Father's Will;
     Give us quickness to discern,
          And boldness to fulfil:
     All his Mind to as explain.
And his Name on us impress,
     Then our souls thro' Thee attain
          The spotless righteousness.

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