The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Ye Simple Men of Heart Sincere


For Christmas

Words:  Charles Wesley, Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (London: Strahan, 1745).

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, Reprinted from the Originals, With the Last Corrections of the Authors. Volume 4. (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1869 ), p. 106.

1. Ye simple men of heart sincere,
     Shepherds who watch your flocks by night,
Start not to see an angel near,
Nor tremble at this glorious light.

2. An herald from the heavenly King,
     I come your every fear to chase:
Good tidings of great joy I bring,
     Great joy to all the fallen race!

3. To you is born on this glad day
     A Saviour, by our host adored;
Our God in Bethlehem survey,
     Make haste to worship Christ the Lord.

4 By this the Saviour of mankind,
     The incarnate God, shall be display'd,
The Babe ye wrapp'd in swathes shall find
     And humbly in a manger laid.

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