The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hymns of the Nativity from the Gospel of St Luke

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, Hymns 1-779

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 101-122.

The Birth of Christ - Selections from the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke

 

HYMNS ON THE FOUR GOSPELS, AND ACTS OF THE APOSTLES.

S. Luke.

CHAPTER I.

 

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.

 

When People and Priest, United in Prayer

For Christmas

The Priest Zacharias and an Assemblage of Worshipers

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1142. “The whole multitude of the people were praying,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 10.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 102.

1 When people and priest, United in prayer,
Their faithful request Together prefer,
With Jesus' oblation The heavens assail,
Their joint supplication Is sure to prevail.

2 His sacrifice pleads, His prevalent blood
Brings down on our heads The blessings of God:
Our Priest is before Him, And join'd to our Lord
In Christ we adore Him By angels adored.

3 Our incense of prayer Thou offer'st alone;
Thou, Saviour, dost bear Our souls to the throne;
On Thine intercession We gladly depend
For grace and salvation, And life without end.

 

The Great Angel of the Lord

For Christmas

The Angel Gabriel

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1143. “There appeared unto him an angel of the Lord,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 11.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 102.

The great Angel of the Lord
Attends invisible,
Ready to apply His word,
His ordinance to seal;
To the majesty of God
Presents His people's sacrifice
Mix'd with the atoning blood,
And fragrant through the skies.

 

A Vision True is Proved by Fear

For Christmas

The Priest Zacharias, the Husband of Elizabeth

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1144. “When Zacharias saw him, he was troubled,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 12.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 102.

A vision true is proved by fear;
We start as at illusion near,
Unworthy of the grace:
Disturb'd by the celestial sight,
Till humble love and calm delight
The dread and trouble chase.

 

While Nature Yielding To Despair

For Christmas

The Angel Gabriel

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1145. “Thy prayer is heard.” Gospel of St. Luke i. 13.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 102-103.

1. While nature yielding to despair
Her blasted expectation mourns,
After a length of years the prayer
In the most helpless case returns,
The peaceful word at last comes down,
And lo, the barren bears a son!

2 Then let us patiently attend,
To Him the time and manner leave,
Till God the long-sought blessing send,
Till Christ His gracious fulness give,
And faith's maturest fruit we prove
In finish'd holiness and love.

 

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.

 

Could Zachary the Just

For Christmas

The Priest Zachary, the Husband of Elizabeth

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1147. “Whereby shall I know this ? for I am an old man.” Gospel of St. Luke i. 18.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 103-104.

Could Zachary the just,
Who walk'd before the Lord,
The' Omnipotent Himself mistrust,
And stagger at His word?
Where is the faithful man,
Unless the Lord who gave
His faith, continually maintain,
And to the utmost save?

 

Ministers of Jesus' Word

For Christmas

The Angel Gabriel

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1148. “l am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God;” Gospel of St. Luke i. 19.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 104.

Ministers of Jesus' word
Should angels emulate,
Always present with their Lord,
While on His church they wait,
Only in His will delight
Who hath their high commission given,
Labour on, and in His sight
Enjoy a constant heaven.

 

Our Holy God the Smallest Fault

For Christmas

The Angel Gabriel

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1149. “Behold, thou shalt be dumb,...because thou,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 20.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 104-105.

1 Our holy God the smallest fault
Severely chastens in His own;
So base a misbelieving thought
In those who have His goodness known!
The sin He graciously forgives,
Nor yet remits the total pain,
But marks of His displeasure leaves,
Lest saints should doubt His love again.

2 Nine months for a mistrustful word,
Nine months of silence must atone,*
That starting from the sin abhorr'd,
The sin which all contains in one,
We may our unbelief deny,
The words of truth with joy embrace,
On Christ, the Power of God rely,
And calm expect His promised grace.

    * Improperly speaking, not evangelically. [Note by Charles Wesley.]

 

Jesus, Son of the Most-High

For Christmas

The Angel Gabriel

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1150. “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 32, 33.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 105.

1 Jesus, Son of the Most-High,
David's and God's authentic Heir,
Lord of all in earth and sky,
Who Thy greatness can declare?
Great in holiness and power,
Great in mercy, truth, and grace,
We Thy majesty adore,
Sing Thine everlasting praise.

2 Earthly kingdoms soon decline,
Totter, fall, and pass away,
Permanent, O Christ, is Thine,
Cannot moulder or decay;
Every other power o'erthrown
Shall its destined period prove,
Thy dominion stands alone,
Fix'd as Thine eternal love.

3 King of saints, Thy right assume,
Thy majestic right impart,
Let Thy royal Spirit come,
Spread His power through every heart,
Thrones to all Thy subjects give;
Then we grace and glory gain,
Partners of Thy nature live,
Kings with Thee for ever reign.

 

What Cannot the Almighty Do

For Christmas

The Angel Gabriel

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1151. “With God nothing shall be impossible.” Gospel of St. Luke i. 37.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 105-106.

1 What cannot the Almighty do
    For saving sinful man?
Able Thou art and willing too
    To form my heart again:
Thou shalt its old diseases cure,
    Its bent to sin remove,
And make and keep it always pure
    And always fill'd with love.

2 Hanging by humble faith on Thee,
    On Thee my Saviour stay'd,
I find in my infirmity
    Thy perfect strength display'd;
The' omnipotence of grace I feel
    In utter weakness shown,
And nothing is impossible
    To man with Jesus one.

 

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.

1
        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.

2
        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.

 

 

Oft a Seasonable Word

For Christmas

Elizabeth, Cousin to Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1153. “When Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 41.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 106-107.

1 Oft a seasonable word
    From a messenger of Thine
Spoken in Thy Spirit, Lord,
    Clothed with secret power Divine,
Gracious life and light imparts,
Fills with God our faithful hearts.

2 The Babe unseen His power displays,
    And works upon a babe unseen,
To show the mystery of grace,
    When speaking by the tongue of men,
Jesus is pleased to minister
His life through the believing ear.

3 Jesus who in His church below
    Invisibly vouchsafes to dwell
Doth daily thus His power bestow,
    His energy in souls reveal;
The word they still by faith receive
And quicken'd through His Spirit live.

 

The Fruit of Mary's Womb

For Christmas

Elizabeth, Cousin to Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1154. “Blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” Gospel of St. Luke i. 42.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 107.

1
    The Fruit of Mary's womb
        Is bless'd, and that alone,
    Whatever blessings come
        From the eternal throne
Through Mary's Offspring we receive,
And happy in His life we live.

2
    That holy Child bestow'd
        On poor apostate man,
    That everlasting God
        Whom heaven cannot contain,
Source of our gracious joys He is,
And constitutes our glorious bliss.

 

Whence Is It That My Lord

For Christmas

Elizabeth, Cousin to Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1155. “Whence is this to me, that the mother of my,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 43.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 101-317.

1
    Whence is it that my Lord
    Himself should visit me,
Should stoop to such a wretch abhorr'd,
    And claim my misery?
    He leaves His throne above
    For His own mercy sake,
He comes constrain'd by pitying love,
    And doth my nature take.

2
    The mystery of Thy grace
    What angel can conceive?
Thou wouldst to all our ransom'd race
    Faith and salvation give,
    Thou dost the grace reveal,
    Thou dost the faith impart,
And thus Thou com'st again to dwell
    For ever in my heart.

 

God by His Almighty Word

For Christmas

Elizabeth, Cousin of Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1156. “As soon as the voice of thy salvation sounded in,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 44.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 108.

1
    God by His almighty word
        The world's foundations laid,
    Spake the universe restored,
        The new creation made:
    Christ on earth His wonders wrought,
And by the word He works again;
    By the word His saints are brought
        Unto a perfect man.

2
    When the evangelic sound
        A pardon'd sinner hears,
    Paradise again is found,
        And God to man appears;
    Quicken'd by His heavenly voice,
We spring to life, and meet our Lord,
    Triumph, evermore rejoice,
        And praise the' Incarnate Word.

 

Thou Tell'st Me, O Most Gracious Lord

For Christmas

Elizabeth, Cousin of Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1157. “Blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 45.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 109.

1 Thou tell'st me, O most gracious Lord,
    "I will thy sins forgive,"
The welcome reconciling word
    I thankfully receive;
Joyful in hope of happiness
    Even now I happy am,
For I shall soon obtain the peace
    Of all that love Thy name.

2 Jesus, I wait till Thou display
    In me Thy mercy's power;
Take mine iniquities away,
    And think of them no more:
Thou all Thy promises fulfil,
    This unbelief remove,
And pardon on my conscience seal
    And fill my soul with love.

3 Thou tell'st me, " I thy King will be,
    Will to the utmost save,
Renew, and change, and perfect thee,
    And ransom from the grave."
The blessedness of faith I prove,
    For Thy own sake forgiven,
And in this hope of perfect love
    Anticipate my heaven.

4 Within the promise now, I sing,
    Exult, and shout for joy;
He comes ! He comes ! my God and King
    Shall all my sins -destroy!
Thou, Lord, shalt purify my heart
    Through Thine all-cleansing blood,
As sure as Thou my Saviour art,
    As sure as Thou art God.

 

An Humble Saint Will Never Praise

For Christmas

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

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1158. “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 46, 47.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 110.

An humble saint will never praise
Himself, or glory in his grace;
    But lives to magnify
His Saviour by all heaven adored,
But dies rejoicing in the Lord
    Exalting the Most-High.

 

His Servants in Their Low Estate

For Christmas

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

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1159. “For He hath regarded the low estate of,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 48.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 110.

1 His servants in their low estate
Through His regard are truly great,
    For who in their own eyes
Little, and poor, and vile appear,
Jesus delights to honour here,
    And lifts them to the skies.

2 The more our Lord exalts, the more
We sink, and self-abased adore
    Thy peerless majesty,
All creature-excellence disclaim,
And strive, o'erwhelm'd with holy shame,
    To lose ourselves in Thee.

 

Jehovah Doth Himself Conceal

For Christmas

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

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1160. “His mercy is on them that fear Him.” Gospel of St. Luke i. 50.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), pp. 110-111.

1 Jehovah doth Himself conceal
In brightness inaccessible,
    Unsearchable, unknown.
Struck with His holiness we fear,
And quake, and tremble to draw near
    The glories of His throne.

2 But mercy doth the dread remove,
Mercy reveals the God of love
    To sinners reconciled:
Mercy and holiness agree,
And God and man made one we see
    In that celestial Child.

3 Mercy doth every soul embrace,
That reverences the God of grace
    Incarnated below;
Mercy for all far off, or nigh,
Flows from its Fountain in the sky,
    And shall for ever flow.

 

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.

 

Who Did The Rebel Angels Quell

For Christmas

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

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1162. “He hath filled the hungry with good things.” Gospel of St. Luke i. 53.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 111-112.

1 Who did the rebel angels quell,
And hurl'd them down from heaven to hell
    Doth still the proud abase,
Doth cast the mighty from their thrones,
The humble, weak, and little ones
    Exalting in their place.

2 The angels fell through pride o'erthrown,
Through His humility the Son
    Bids fallen man arise,
Glad tidings to the poor reveals,
The hungry with His Spirit fills,
    And all their wants supplies.

3 But souls unconscious of their wants,
Self-fill'd, self-saved, self-righteous saints,
    Whose good is all their own,
He sends unjustified away,
That emptied of themselves they may
    Be saved by grace alone.

 

Bless'd Be The Lord, For Ever Bless'd

For Christmas

Zechariah, the Father of John the Baptist
From “Zechariah's Song,”
The Benedictus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1163. “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 68.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 112-113.

Zechariah's Song,” The Benedictus

1 Bless'd be the Lord, for ever bless'd
    The God of Israel's favour'd race,
His name be known, His power confess'd,
    His riches of redeeming grace
Who left for sinful worms His throne,
And came to bless us in His Son.

2 God was in Christ on earth reveal'd,
    He enter'd a mean house of clay,
With whom the heaven of heavens is fill'd
    He stoop'd to bear our sins away,
Victim Divine on all bestow'd
He bought the nations with His blood.

3 Let all their great Redeemer praise,
    Redeem'd from sin the world and hell!
The strength of Thy victorious grace
    Jesus, throughout our souls we feel,
And wait Thine utmost power to save
Our bodies ransom'd from the grave.

 

The Mercy To Our Fathers Show'd

For Christmas

Zechariah, the Father of John the Baptist
From “Zechariah's Song,”
The Benedictus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1164. “To perform the mercy promised,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 72-76.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 1137.

1 The mercy to our fathers show'd
    To us in every age extends,
That covenant seal'd by Jesus' blood
    Its blissful virtue never ends,
A covenant of redeeming grace
Confirm'd in Christ to all our race.

2 Jehovah by Himself hath sworn
    To Abraham and his faithful seed,
(Empty the word shall not return,)
    That we from all our tyrants freed,
From all our sins, through Jesus bless'd,
Shall dwell in everlasting rest.

3 We now the great salvation claim,
    The filial love that casts out fear,
The righteousness in Jesus' name,
    The gospel-holiness sincere,
The image of our God restored,
The tempers of our spotless Lord.

4 Father, Thy word, Thy oath we plead,
    In our behalf to Abraham given,
And wait to do, when free indeed,
    Thy will as angels do in heaven,
Blameless to walk before Thy face,
And serve Thee all our sinless days.

 

Prophet of Christ the Lord Most-High

For Christmas

Zechariah, the Father of John the Baptist
From “Zechariah's Song,”
The Benedictus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1165. “And thou, child, shalt be called,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 76.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 114.

1 Prophet of Christ the Lord Most-High,
    His great immediate harbinger,
The Baptist came to testify,
    Jesus the Saviour to declare,
And make that heavenly Victim known,
Who should for all mankind atone.

2 With his our office is the same
    Who preach the reconciling word,
Publish the all-redeeming Lamb,
    As sure forerunners of our Lord
Commission'd to prepare His ways,
And sent before Messiah's face.

3 His heralds in His name we cry,
    Sinners the gospel-grace receive,
And God who sent His Son to die
    Doth by our word the Spirit give,
Who testifies salvation known
And pardon felt through Christ alone.

 

Stupendous Height of Heavenly Love

For Christmas

Zechariah, the Father of John the Baptist
From “Zechariah's Song,”
The Benedictus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1166. “Through the tender mercy of our God.” Gospel of St. Luke i. 78.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 115-116.

1 Stupendous height of heavenly love,
Of pitying tenderness Divine;
It brought the Saviour from above,
It caused the springing day to shine;
The Sun of Righteousness to' appear,
And gild our gloomy hemisphere.

2 God did in Christ Himself reveal,
To chase our darkness by His light,
Our sin and ignorance dispel,
Direct our wandering feet aright;
And bring our souls, with pardon bless'd,
To realms of everlasting rest.

3 Come, then, O Lord, Thy light impart,
The faith that bids our terrors cease;
Into Thy love direct my heart,
Into Thy way of perfect peace;
And cheer my soul, of death afraid,
And guide me through the dreadful shade.

4 Answer Thy mercy's whole design,
My God incarnated for me;
My spirit make Thy radiant shrine,
My Light and full Salvation be;
And through the dreary vale unknown
Conduct me to Thy dazzling throne.

 

 

CHAPTER II.

 

Caesar His Own Dignity

For Christmas

Caesar Augustus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1167. “There went out a decree from Caesar.” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 1.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 115.

Caesar his own dignity
His own renown intends,
God o'errules the proud decree
To serve sublimer ends:
Lo, He comes, the King foretold,
He comes o'er all mankind to reign,
God's eternal Son enroll'd
A new-born child of man!

 

See Ye Blushing Sons of Pride

For Christmas

The Birth of Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1168. “She...laid Him in a manger,” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 7.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), pp. 115-116.

1 See ye blushing sons of pride,
See your God a child become!
When He would on earth reside,
Earth can scarce afford Him room:
Wrapp'd Himself in swaddling bands
Who with darkness swathes the sea,
Who the universe commands,
Comprehends immensity!

2 Triumph we the sons of grace,
That our God is born so poor,
Doth His majesty abase
Our salvation to secure:
Glorying in our Infant-King,
Him we in the manger own,
Him whom brightest seraphs sing
High on His eternal throne.

 

To Simple Souls Alone

For Christmas

The Shepherds in the Field

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1169. “There were...shepherds abiding,” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 8.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 116.

1
To simple souls alone
The Saviour is made known,
Shepherds who their station keep
See the glory from on high;
Those that negligently sleep
Still in sin and darkness lie.

2
The poor rejoice to hear
The heavenly messenger;
From the rich and wise conceal'd,
Jesus doth His light impart,
Shows the mystery reveal'd,
Shines in every humble heart.

 

An Herald From the King of Kings

For Christmas

An Angel of the Lord
(most believe it is the Angel Gabriel)

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1170. “Good tidings...which shall be to all people.” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 10.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 116.

An herald from the King of kings
He comes our guilty fears to chase,
Good tidings of great joy He brings,
Great joy to Adam's favour'd race;
Not one of all our ransom'd kind
But may the gospel-grace receive,
Born in himself his Saviour find,
And one with his Creator live.

 

To Us a Child of Royal Birth

For Christmas

An Angel of the Lord
(most believe it is the Angel Gabriel)

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1171. “Unto you is born this day,in the city of David,” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 11.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 117.

1 To us a Child of royal birth,
Heir of the promises, is given;
The' Invisible appears on earth,
The Son of Man, the God of heaven.

2 A Saviour born, in love supreme
He comes our fallen souls to raise;
He comes His people to redeem
With all His plenitude of grace.

3 The Christ, by raptured seers foretold,
Filled with the' eternal Spirit's power;
Prophet, and Priest, and King behold,
And Lord of all the worlds adore.

4 The Lord of hosts, the God most-high,
Who quits His throne on earth to live,
With joy we welcome from the sky,
With faith into our hearts receive.

 

Sing All In Heaven At Jesu's Birth

For Christmas

The Choir of Angels

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1172. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth,” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 14.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 117-118.

1 Sing all in heaven at Jesu's birth
"Glory to God, and peace on earth,
The heart of God through Christ is seen
In mercy and good-will to men!"

2 Praise Him, extoll'd above all height,
Who doth in worthless worms delight;
God reconciled in Christ confess,
Your present and eternal peace.

3 From Jesus, manifest below,
Rivers of pure salvation flow;
And pour, on man's distinguish'd race,
Their everlasting streams of grace.

4 Sing, every soul of Adam's line,
The favourite attribute Divine;
Ascribing, with the hosts above,
All glory to the God of Love.

 

Come, Let Us With Speed To Bethlehem Go

For Christmas

The Shepherds

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1173. “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem.” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 15.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 118.

1 Come, let us with speed To Bethlehem go,
The house of that Bread Which God doth bestow:
To all He hath given And sent from above
The Banquet of Heaven, The Son of His love.

2 By faith we shall see Him promised of old,
And know it is He Of whom we were told;
That heavenly Stranger Fall prostrate before,
And God in a manger With angels adore.

 

Happy Who The Angels' Word

For Christmas

The Shepherds

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1174. “When they had seen it, they made known.” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 17.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 118.

Happy who the angels' word
    Hesitate not to believe,
Who their mean almighty Lord,
    God in swaddling-clothes receive!
O Thou heavenly Man Divine,
    Grant me their simplicity,
Then before Thy humble shrine
    All my soul shall worship Thee.

 

O May I Always Bear In Mind

For Christmas

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1175. “Mary kept all these things, and pondered them.” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 19.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 118.

1 O May I always bear in mind
The Saviour's pity for mankind,
    Which brought Him from His throne,
Emptied of all His majesty,
A Man of griefs to comfort me,
    And make my heart His own.

2 O may I in His love delight,
Muse on His love both day and night,
    And think of nothing more,
To Him with pure affection cleave,
And only in His presence live
    To wonder and adore.

 

The First Effect of Faith is Praise

For Christmas

The Shepherds

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1176. “The shepherds returned, glorifying,” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 20.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 119.

1 The first effect of faith is praise,
A tribute to the God of grace
    Which ransom'd worms are bound to give:
Thankful, O God, Thy love we own,
The gift of Thine incarnate Son
    With joy unspeakable receive:

2 Thee let our actions glorify,
Our lives confess the Lord Most-High
    For this alone to sinners given,
That we of Jesus' Spirit born
With songs of triumph may return,
    And claim our purchased thrones in heaven.

 

Saviour, Let the Grace Supplied

For The Circumcision

Mary and Joseph, the Parents of Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1177. “When eight days were accomplished,” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 21.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 119.

1
    Saviour, let the grace supplied
        And merited by Thee
    Circumcise my nature's pride,
        And heart impurity;
    By Thy Spirit's law within*
Redeem me from my inbred stains,
    Quite destroy the man of sin
        And purge his last remains.

2
    To Thy holy saving name
        I for deliverance run;
    Save from fear, and grief, and shame,
        A soul by sin undone;
    Lord, on me, even me exert
Thy right and power, and sovereignty,
    Speak Thy name into my heart,
        And Jesus prove to me.

 

Lord of All, With Pure Intent

For the Presentation in the Temple

Mary and Joseph, the Parents of Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1178. “They brought Him to Jerusalem, to present Him,” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 22.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 119.

1 Lord of all, with pure intent
    From his tenderest infancy
In Thy temple I present
    Whom I first received from Thee:
Through Thy well-beloved Son,
Mine acknowledge for Thine own.

2 Seal'd with the baptismal seal,
    Purchased with the' atoning blood,
Jesus in my infant dwell,
    Make his heart the house of God,
Fill Thy consecrated shrine,
Father, Son, and Spirit Divine.

 

Who God Devoutly Dreads

For the Presentation in the Temple

St. Simeon

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1179. “He should not see death, before he had,” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 26.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 120.

1
    Who God devoutly dreads,
    And here expects His Son,
And in the Saviour's footsteps treads,
    Led by the Spirit on
    The sure accomplish'd word
    He must on earth receive,
And when his eyes have seen the Lord
    In endless raptures live.

2
    Spirit of Jesus, tell
    The joyful truth to me,
And in my longing soul reveal
    That I my Lord shall see,
    Shall see Him full of grace
    Whom all the saints admire,
And fold Him in my faith's embrace
    And in His arms expire.

 

When In His Arms He Held

For the Presentation in the Temple

St. Simeon

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1180. Then took he Him up in his arms, Gospel of St. Luke ii. 28.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), pp. 120-121.

    When in his arms he held,
    And to his bosom press'd,
He found Him to his heart reveal'd,
    And God for Jesus bless'd;
    The power and life of God
    He felt with Jesus given;
And when his hoary head he bow'd,
    He carried Christ to heaven.

 

Jehovah's Fellow, And His Son

For the Presentation in the Temple

St. Simeon, Speaking to Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1181. “This Child is set for the fall and rising,” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 34.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 121.

1 Jehovah's Fellow, and His Son,
    What numbers fall by Thee and rise!
Precious, elect, and Corner Stone,
    Built on Thy strength we reach the skies,
Or by Thy cross ourselves o'erthrow
And sink into eternal woe.

2 Thine anger casts the sinner down,
    That lifted up by pardoning grace
He may his Prince and Saviour own,
    Thy justice and Thy mercy praise,
Raised from the dust to stand restored
In all the image of his Lord.

3 Jesus, Thy killing quickening power
    On a proud abject worm exert,
Confound, abase me from this hour,
    Humble, and break this stubborn heart,
And then my Resurrection be,
And live, my heavenly Life, in me.

 

A Sign Admired By Thy Redeem'd

For the Presentation in the Temple

St. Simeon, Speaking to Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1182. “And for a sign which shall be spoken against.” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 34.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 121-122.

1 A Sign admired by Thy redeem'd
    Precious to every faithful heart,
But contradicted and blasphemed
    By worldly infidels Thou art,
Who dare Thy Deity deny
And all Thy heavenly truths decry.

2 The manger mean, and bleeding cross,
    Thy birth and passion they gainsay,
Thy maxims pure, and gracious laws,
    And will not own Thy righteous sway,
But plead for that old hellish liar,
And harden'd in their sins expire.

3 Yet every tongue at last shall own,
    And God the awful Judge declare,
When seated on Thy righteous throne
    Thou doom'st the wicked at Thy bar
Justly consign'd to their own place,
For ever banish'd from Thy face.

 

Jesus, The Stumbling-block and Sign

For the Presentation in the Temple

St. Simeon, Speaking to Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1183. “That the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 35.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 122.

1 Jesus, the stumbling-block and sign,
By Thy mysterious death Divine
    Thou dost our thoughts explain,
Thine honour'd, or rejected cross,
The veil from every heart withdraws
    And shows what is in man.

2 The man that to himself adheres,
His life he to his God prefers;
    But who themselves deny
They only their devotion prove
While daily, to evince their love,
    Upon Thy cross they die.

 

Ye Aged Saints Whose One Concern

For the Presentation in the Temple

St. Anna, the Prophetess

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1184. “She...spake of Him to all them,” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 38.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 122.

Ye aged saints whose one concern
    Is well to terminate your race,
Of Simeon and of Anna learn
    To' exalt your dear Redeemer's praise;
A precious Christ to all commend,
    Who seek redemption in His blood,
And your last, happiest moments spend
    In publishing the dying God.

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