The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hail, Holy, Heaven-descended Child

For Christmas

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Matthew

Source: The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, Vol. 10 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1868), pp. 138-144.

Hymn 13. They saw the young Child, and fell down, &c. Matthew ii. 11.

1. Hail, holy, heaven-descended Child,
Who God and man hast reconciled,
     Whom angels bow before!
Whate'er I have of good to give,
To Thee, from whom I first receive,
     I thankfully restore.

2. To Thee my heart I open wide,
The myrrh of passions mortified,
     The gold of charity,
The incense sweet of humble prayer,
Jesus, Thy prostrate worshipper,
     I now present to Thee.

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