The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Whence Is It That My Lord

For Christmas

Elizabeth, Cousin to Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1155. “Whence is this to me, that the mother of my,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 43.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 101-317.

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    Whence is it that my Lord
    Himself should visit me,
Should stoop to such a wretch abhorr'd,
    And claim my misery?
    He leaves His throne above
    For His own mercy sake,
He comes constrain'd by pitying love,
    And doth my nature take.

2
    The mystery of Thy grace
    What angel can conceive?
Thou wouldst to all our ransom'd race
    Faith and salvation give,
    Thou dost the grace reveal,
    Thou dost the faith impart,
And thus Thou com'st again to dwell
    For ever in my heart.

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