The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

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.

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