The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Child of Promise, Look'd For Long!

For Christmas

Words: Thomas Kelly (1769-1854)

Source: Thomas Kelly, Hymns on Various Passages of Scripture. A New Edition. (London: The Religious Tract Society, 1836), HYMN X, pp. 9-10.

"For mine eyes have seen thy salvation."óLuke ii. 30.

1 Child of promise, look'd for long!
Child of promise, come at length!
Thou, our Hope, our Joy, our Song;
Thou, our "Righteousness and Strength;"
Hallow'd be thy name for ever,
Thine a kingdom ending never.

2 Arms of flesh uphold thee now,
Though thine arm upholds us all;
Royal crowns adorn thy brow,
Though thy chamber be a stall,
And thy bed an humble manger,
Strange it is, there's nothing stranger.

3 While the great and wise, with scorn,
Look upon a sight like this,
They who from above are born,
Know that nothing is amiss,
All is right, and as it should be,
Nothing greater, wiser could be.

4 'Tis the case of one who rich,
Poor became, and lowly was;
Riches his, compared to which
Other wealth no value has,
He bestows his wealth on others,
This is love beyond a brother's.

5 Holy Child! those lips of thine,
Mute though now they seem, and are,
Soon will utter words divine,
Words that will be heard afar,
To the distant nations reaching,
Till "the end of all things" teaching.

6 And that feeble arm of thine
Destin'd is to do a deed,
Other deeds that will outshine,
And their measure far exceed;
One of love, of grace abounding,
One, all human thought confounding.

7 Hail! mysterious Infant, hail!
Thee we honour and adore;
Thine a throne that will not fail,
Thine a name all names before,
Thine a pow'r, all pow'r transcending,
Thine a glory never ending.

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