The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Who God Devoutly Dreads

For the Presentation in the Temple

St. Simeon

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1179. “He should not see death, before he had,” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 26.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 120.

    Who God devoutly dreads,
    And here expects His Son,
And in the Saviour's footsteps treads,
    Led by the Spirit on
    The sure accomplish'd word
    He must on earth receive,
And when his eyes have seen the Lord
    In endless raptures live.

    Spirit of Jesus, tell
    The joyful truth to me,
And in my longing soul reveal
    That I my Lord shall see,
    Shall see Him full of grace
    Whom all the saints admire,
And fold Him in my faith's embrace
    And in His arms expire.

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