The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

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.

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