The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Who Did The Rebel Angels Quell

For Christmas

Mary, the Mother of Jesus
From “Mary's Song,”
The Magnificat

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1162. “He hath filled the hungry with good things.” Gospel of St. Luke i. 53.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 111-112.

1 Who did the rebel angels quell,
And hurl'd them down from heaven to hell
    Doth still the proud abase,
Doth cast the mighty from their thrones,
The humble, weak, and little ones
    Exalting in their place.

2 The angels fell through pride o'erthrown,
Through His humility the Son
    Bids fallen man arise,
Glad tidings to the poor reveals,
The hungry with His Spirit fills,
    And all their wants supplies.

3 But souls unconscious of their wants,
Self-fill'd, self-saved, self-righteous saints,
    Whose good is all their own,
He sends unjustified away,
That emptied of themselves they may
    Be saved by grace alone.

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