The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

While Nature Yielding To Despair

For Christmas

The Angel Gabriel

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1145. “Thy prayer is heard.” Gospel of St. Luke i. 13.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 102-103.

1. While nature yielding to despair
    Her blasted expectation mourns,
After a length of years the prayer
    In the most helpless case returns,
The peaceful word at last comes down,
And lo, the barren bears a son!

2 Then let us patiently attend,
    To Him the time and manner leave,
Till God the long-sought blessing send,
    Till Christ His gracious fulness give,
And faith's maturest fruit we prove
In finish'd holiness and love.

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