The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Son Obeys The Will Divine

For Christmas

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.

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