The Son Obeys The Will Divine
Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Matthew
Source: The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, Vol. 10 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1868), pp. 138-144.
Hymn 15. Being warned of God, he turned aside, &c. – Matthew ii. 22.
1. The Son obeys the will Divine,
Conducted step by step below;
But we our Father's whole design
Concerning us at once would know:
The Word, the true essential Light,
Doth still, as taught of God, proceed;
But darker than Egyptian night
We boldly aim ourselves to lead.
2. In honour of the Infant-God,
Henceforth I His obedience trace,
The light by just degrees bestow'd
Attend the providential grace;
Observant of a Father's word,
Led with a child's docility,
Jesus, my Pattern and my Lord,
In life and death I follow Thee.