The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

His Servants in Their Low Estate

For Christmas

Mary, the Mother of Jesus
From “Mary's Song,”
The Magnificat

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1159. “For He hath regarded the low estate of,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 48.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 110.

1 His servants in their low estate
Through His regard are truly great,
    For who in their own eyes
Little, and poor, and vile appear,
Jesus delights to honour here,
    And lifts them to the skies.

2 The more our Lord exalts, the more
We sink, and self-abased adore
    Thy peerless majesty,
All creature-excellence disclaim,
And strive, o'erwhelm'd with holy shame,
    To lose ourselves in Thee.

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