The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

How Happy That Distinguish'd Pair

For Christmas

Zacharias and Elizabeth

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1141. “They were both righteous before God, walking,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 6.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 101.

1 How happy that distinguish'd pair,
     Whom God's own oracle
Doth righteous in His sight declare,
     And saints unblamable!
Before the Word incarnate made
     The Father had reveal'd,
They with a perfect heart obey'd,
     And all His law fulfill'd.

2 And shall not we who Christ embrace,
     God in our flesh made known,
Empower'd by His sufficient grace
     In all His statutes run;
Walk before God, and perfect be,
     And turn no more aside,
From every spot and wrinkle free,
     Completely sanctified?

3 Jesus, the purchase of Thy blood
     Thou wilt on us confer,
The Spirit of the Holy God,
     The' indwelling Comforter;
Thy good and acceptable will
     We then shall throughly prove,
And all Thy just commands fulfil,
     Renew'd in blameless love.

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