The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Victorious Lord! How Uncontroul'd Thy Power!

For Christmas

Words and Music: English Traditional

Source: A Selection of Hymns for Christmas Day, 1814, To Be Sung at the Methodist New Chapel, Waltham Street, Hull, (Hull: Topping & Dazson, 1814), Hymn #6, pp. 7-8.

1. Victorious Lord! how uncontroul'd thy power;
How great thy triumph on that glorious hour ;
The high-rais'd thrones above look'd down, to see
The vanquish'd foe a captive led by thee.

2. Thy splendour in mortality disguis'd
The principalities of heaven surpris'd ;
The indulgent skies smil'd on thy happy birth,
While peace and joyful wonder fill'd the earth.

3. Begin ! ye sweet musicians of the air !
Let Nature all her soothing sounds prepare ;
Let tuneful Art her various measures bring,
Each melting tone, and every warbling string.

4. Hark ! Christians hark ! what music from above,
The angels chanting in sweet songs of love,
To usher in the sweet refreshing morn,
Whereon the glorious Prince of Peace was born.

5. He comes, O Jacob, thy long-promis'd King !
Celestial envoys the glad tidings bring ;
O'er earth's wide compass to the distant main,
With truth and perfect justice he shall reign.

6. The sparkling skies shall tarnish and decay,
The sun be queuch'd, the stars shall fade away :
But he shall rise with a propitious light,
Stand at high noon, anu shine divinely bright.

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