The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

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.

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