The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Astonishing Grace

Hymn XIV.

For Christmas

Words:  Charles Wesley, Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (London: Strahan, 1745).

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, Reprinted from the Originals, With the Last Corrections of the Authors. Volume 4. (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1869), pp. 119-120.

     O astonishing grace,
     That the reprobate race
     Should be so reconciled!
What a wonder of wonders that God is a child!

     The Creator of all,
     To repair our sad fall,
     From heaven stoops down;
Lays hold of our nature, and joins to His own,

     Our Immanuel came,
     The whole world to redeem,
     And incarnated show'd
That man may again be united to God!

     And shall we not hope
     After God to wake up,
     His nature to know?
His nature is spotless perfection below.

     To this heavenly prize
     By faith let us rise,
     To His image ascend;
Apprehended of God, let us God apprehend.

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