The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christ, the True Anointed Seer

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 4. Who is called Christ. Matthew i. 16.

1. Christ, the true anointed Seer,
     Messenger from the Most High,
Thy prophetic character
     To my conscience signify:
Signify Thy Father's will;
     By that unction from above,
Mysteries of grace reveal,
     Teach my heart that God is love.

2. Thou who didst for all atone,
     Dost for all incessant pray.
Make Thy priestly office known,
     Take my cancell'd sin away:
Let me peace with God regain,
     Righteousness from Thee receive;
Through Thy meritorious pain,
     Through Thy intercession, live.

3 Sovereign, universal King,
     Every faithful soul's desire,
Into me Thy kingdom bring,
     Into me Thy Spirit inspire:
From mine inbred foes release;
     Here erect Thy gracious throne;
King of righteousness and peace,
     Reign in every heart alone.

4. O that all were taught of God,
     All anointed by Thy grace;
Kings and priests redeem'd with blood,
     Born again to sound Thy praise;
An elect, peculiar seed,
     Offspring of the Deity;
Christians both in name and deed,
     One, entirely one, with Thee!

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