The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

God of Israel, See

For Christmas

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1152. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 38.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 106.

        God of Israel, see
        Thy servant in me,
        Who humbly approve
Though I cannot conceive, the design of Thy love;
        With obedience sincere
        Thy will I revere,
        And expect from Thy word
The mystical life of my heavenly Lord.

        The birth of Thy Son
        To sinners made known,
        Manifested in man,
Manifested in me, shall the secret explain.
        While made willing by Thee
        To Thy work I agree,
        And entirely resign
My whole soul to be fill'd with the fulness Divine.

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