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.
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.
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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