The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Bless'd Be The Lord, For Ever Bless'd

For Christmas

Zechariah, the Father of John the Baptist
From “Zechariah's Song,”
The Benedictus

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1163. “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 68.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 112-113.

Zechariah's Song,” The Benedictus

1 Bless'd be the Lord, for ever bless'd
    The God of Israel's favour'd race,
His name be known, His power confess'd,
    His riches of redeeming grace
Who left for sinful worms His throne,
And came to bless us in His Son.

2 God was in Christ on earth reveal'd,
    He enter'd a mean house of clay,
With whom the heaven of heavens is fill'd
    He stoop'd to bear our sins away,
Victim Divine on all bestow'd
He bought the nations with His blood.

3 Let all their great Redeemer praise,
    Redeem'd from sin the world and hell!
The strength of Thy victorious grace
    Jesus, throughout our souls we feel,
And wait Thine utmost power to save
Our bodies ransom'd from the grave.

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