The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Away With Our Fears!

HYMN VIII.

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), pp. 113-114.

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1.
     Away with our fears!
     The Godhead appears
     In Christ reconciled,
The Father of Mercies in Jesus the Child.

2.
     He comes from above,
     In manifest love,
     The Desire of our eyes,
The meek Lamb of God in a manger He lies.

3.
     At Immanuel's birth
     What a triumph on earth!
     Yet could it afford
No better a place for its heavenly Lord!

4.
     The Ancient of Days
     To redeem a lost race,
     From His glory comes down,
Self-humbled to carry us up to a crown.

5.
     Made flesh for our sake,
     That we might partake
     The nature Divine,
And again in His image, His holiness shine;

6.
     An heavenly birth
     Experience on earth,
     And rise on His throne,
And live with our Jesus eternally one.

7.
     Then let us believe,
     And gladly receive
     The tidings they bring,
Who publish to sinners their Saviour and King.

8.
     And while we are here
     Our King shall appear,
     His Spirit impart,
And form His full image of love in our heart.

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