The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Let Peace Her Olive Wand Extend

For Christmas, For Second Coming

Words and Music: English Traditional

Source: A Selection of Hymns for Christmas Day, 1814, To Be Sung at the Methodist New Chapel, Waltham Street, Hull, (Hull: Topping & Dazson, 1814), Hymn #8, p. 9.

1. Let peace her olive wand extend,
Let white-rob'd innocence descend,
Fly swift ye years, and rise the morn,
O spring to light ! blest Babe be born !

2. See nature hastes her wreaths to bring
With all the incense of the spring;
Hark ! a glad voice the desert cheers,
Prepare the way, a GOD appears.

3. A GOD !  —a GOD !  —the groves reply,
The rocks proclaim the deity;
Lo ! earth receives him from the skies,
Bow down ye hills ! ye vallies rise !

4. The Saviour comes by Seers foretold,
Hear him ye deaf, ye blind behold !
The lame shall leap, the dumb shall sing
And hail the coming of their King.

5. No sigh, no groan the world shall hear,
From every face he wipes the tear :
Death shall in iron chains be bound,
And Hell's grim Tyrant feel the wound.

6. Arise ! imperial Salem rise !
Exalt thine head and lift thine eyes ;
His word is fix'd, his power remains,
Thy Realm still lasts, Messiah reigns.

7. Praise God ! from whom all blessings flow
Praise him, all creatures here below ;
Praise him above, ye heav'nly host ;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

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