The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Oft a Seasonable Word

For Christmas

Elizabeth, Cousin to Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1153. “When Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 41.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 106-107.

1 Oft a seasonable word
    From a messenger of Thine
Spoken in Thy Spirit, Lord,
    Clothed with secret power Divine,
Gracious life and light imparts,
Fills with God our faithful hearts.

2 The Babe unseen His power displays,
    And works upon a babe unseen,
To show the mystery of grace,
    When speaking by the tongue of men,
Jesus is pleased to minister
His life through the believing ear.

3 Jesus who in His church below
    Invisibly vouchsafes to dwell
Doth daily thus His power bestow,
    His energy in souls reveal;
The word they still by faith receive
And quicken'd through His Spirit live.

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