The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come And Release Us, Son of God

"Deliverance"

For Christmas

Words: William Chatterton Dix (1837-1865)
“Lyra Messianica.”

Music by Cedric Bucknall, Mus. Bac., Oxon; Organist All Saints', Clifton.

Source: W. Chatterton Dix, ed., Christmas Carols & Christmas Customs (No publisher, location or date; ca. 1870), Carol #2, p. 1.

1. Come and release us, Son of God,
    We look for liberty and light to Thee ;
Thou only sin-bound souls canst make
        Imperishably free.

2. Free from unmanly, selfish aims,
    From angry strife of tongues and bitterness ;
From crime, oppression, fraud and wrong,
        From Pride’s cold-heartedness.

3. Free from great Mammon's golden sway,
    Free from the wearying thirst for place and power,
From mad ambitions of the heart,
        Which strengthen as they tower.

4. Come and release us, Son of God,
    Hope of the Gentiles, Saviour, hear our cry ;
Earth wanes towards her evening hour,
        Deliverance is nigh !

Note:

This is the first carol under "Part II. The Holy Nativity," and serves as the "Introduction" according to the text.

This carol is also found under the title of "Deliverance" in Orby Shipley, ed., Lyra Messianica: Hymns and Verses on the Life of Christ, Ancient and Modern (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1864), pp. 5-6; text only. Mr. Dix has made numerous contribution to this volume.

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