The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Caesar His Own Dignity

For Christmas

Caesar Augustus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1167. “There went out a decree from Caesar.” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 1.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 115.

Caesar his own dignity
His own renown intends,
God o'errules the proud decree
To serve sublimer ends:
Lo, He comes, the King foretold,
He comes o'er all mankind to reign,
God's eternal Son enroll'd
A new-born child of man!

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