The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

And Now, O Lord, We Call To Mind

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For Advent

Words: John Mason Neale

Music: Not Stated

Source: Rev. John Mason Neale, ed., Hymns for Children. Intended Chiefly for Village Schools. First Series (1860), Tenth Edition. (London: Joseph Masters, 1867), #20, pp. 21-22.
See: Christmas in Neale's Hymns for Children

S. John i. 11; Acts i. 11; S. Matthew xxv. 21.

1. And now, O Lord, we call to mind
The Love that came to save mankind,
And put Thy Majesty away,
And took a form, like ours, of clay:

2. Born in a manger, born to know
Hunger and thirst, and pain and woe;
To dwell with sinners, suffer strife,
And yield at last for man its life.

3. Thou dwellest now in worlds of light,
Above the sky, beyond our sight;
Remaining yet awhile away,
But coming at the judgment-day.

4. We know that Thou shalt come once more,
But not in weakness, as before;
The earth shall quake, the trumpet sound,
And Saints and Angels stand around.

5. We promised at the Font to be
True servants, blessed Lord, to Thee;
The judgment-day alone can shew
If we have kept our word or no.

6. If we have kept it, we shall dwell
With Thee in heav’n; if not, in hell;
For when we stand before Thy face,
’Twill be too late to ask for grace.

7. We therefore pray Thee, help us now
To watch and pray, and keep our vow;
That then Thy words may be, “ Well done;
Come to My Joy, thou faithful one!”

8. Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow ;
Praise Him, all creatures here below ;
Praise Him above, ye Heavenly Host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Note:

John 1:11. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (KJV)

Acts 1:11. Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. (KJV)

Matthew 25:21. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. (KJV)

Also found in Mary Sackville Lawson, et al, eds., Collected Hymns, Sequences and Carols of John Mason Neale (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1914), PP. 336-337, also citing John 1:14.

John 1:14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (KJV)

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