The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Great Before God is Great Indeed!

For Christmas

The Angel Gabriel

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1146. “He shall be great in the sight of the Lord,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 15, 16.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 103.

1 Great before God is great indeed!
    Prophet miraculously born,
Jehovah's harbinger decreed
    Rebellious multitudes to turn,
Their hearts to soften and prepare,
That God may make His entrance there.

2 Greater and more than man is he,
    Who dead to the desires of men,
Lives to declare the Deity
    And shows the Lamb for sinners slain,
Fill'd with the Spirit of his God,
And bold to seal the truth with blood.

3 Jesus, Thy preaching servants raise
    Who real greatness may pursue,
May before Thee themselves abase,
    Thine all-atoning passion show,
Thee before kings undaunted own,
And die to make their Saviour known.

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