The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Prophet of Christ the Lord Most-High

For Christmas

Zechariah, the Father of John the Baptist
From “Zechariah's Song,”
The Benedictus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1165. “And thou, child, shalt be called,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 76.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 114.

1 Prophet of Christ the Lord Most-High,
    His great immediate harbinger,
The Baptist came to testify,
    Jesus the Saviour to declare,
And make that heavenly Victim known,
Who should for all mankind atone.

2 With his our office is the same
    Who preach the reconciling word,
Publish the all-redeeming Lamb,
    As sure forerunners of our Lord
Commission'd to prepare His ways,
And sent before Messiah's face.

3 His heralds in His name we cry,
    Sinners the gospel-grace receive,
And God who sent His Son to die
    Doth by our word the Spirit give,
Who testifies salvation known
And pardon felt through Christ alone.

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