The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Fly Abroad, And Tell The Story

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 IV, p. 4.

"And all that heard it wondered"óLuke ii. 18.

1 Fly abroad, and tell the story
Of the mighty Saviour's birth;
Say ye, that the Lord of glory
Leaves his throne and comes to earth.
He, before whom angels bow,
Takes the form of man below.

2 Hither come, and view the stranger,
View the infant lately born;
See he lies in yonder manger,
By the world cast out in scorn.
Mark him well, for this is he,
Born to set his people free.

3 Wonder not that thus you see him
Lying in this humble place;
Nor indulge a wish to free him
From a state so low and base.
Worldly pomp the Saviour scorns,
Him no outward state adorns.

4 Sing, ye saints, the Saviour's praises:
'Twas for you he suffer'd shame;
Yes, he stooped, that he might raise us
To the place from whence he came.
Though he now appears so low,
Crowns shall soon adorn his brow.

5 Learn, from his obscure condition,
How to think of all below:
Scorn he meets, and opposition:
Jesus finds in man his foe.
Such our Master was, and we
Must expect like him to be.


Also found in Thomas Kelly, Hymns Not Before Published (Dublin: Thomas Johnson, 1815), Hymn 4, p. 4.

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