The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

His Arm The' Almighty Father Bared

For Christmas

Mary, the Mother of Jesus
From “Mary's Song,”
The Magnificat

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1161. “He hath showed strength with His arm;” Gospel of St. Luke i. 51.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 111.

1 His arm the' almighty Father bared
When God in Christ Himself declared
    Our Saviour from above;
Deliverer of a sinful race,
He show'd the world in Jesus' face
    His utmost power of love.

2 The mystery of Jehovah's birth
Confounds us potsherds of the earth,
    Of sin and misery proud;
It scatters every lofty thought,
And man is humbled into nought
    Before an emptied God.

3 The meek humility Divine
Shall heal this pride-sick soul of mine,
    This plague incurable:
Now, Jesus, now Thy power exert,
And with Thy lowliness of heart
    In mine for ever dwell.

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