The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Thou Tell'st Me, O Most Gracious Lord

For Christmas

Elizabeth, Cousin of Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1157. “Blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 45.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 109.

1 Thou tell'st me, O most gracious Lord,
    "I will thy sins forgive,"
The welcome reconciling word
    I thankfully receive;
Joyful in hope of happiness
    Even now I happy am,
For I shall soon obtain the peace
    Of all that love Thy name.

2 Jesus, I wait till Thou display
    In me Thy mercy's power;
Take mine iniquities away,
    And think of them no more:
Thou all Thy promises fulfil,
    This unbelief remove,
And pardon on my conscience seal
    And fill my soul with love.

3 Thou tell'st me, " I thy King will be,
    Will to the utmost save,
Renew, and change, and perfect thee,
    And ransom from the grave."
The blessedness of faith I prove,
    For Thy own sake forgiven,
And in this hope of perfect love
    Anticipate my heaven.

4 Within the promise now, I sing,
    Exult, and shout for joy;
He comes ! He comes ! my God and King
    Shall all my sins -destroy!
Thou, Lord, shalt purify my heart
    Through Thine all-cleansing blood,
As sure as Thou my Saviour art,
    As sure as Thou art God.

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