Jehovah Doth Himself Conceal
Mary, the Mother of Jesus
From “Mary's Song,” The Magnificat
Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1160. “His mercy is on them that fear Him.” Gospel of St. Luke i. 50.
Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), pp. 110-111.
Jehovah doth Himself conceal
In brightness inaccessible,
Struck with His holiness we fear,
And quake, and tremble to draw near
The glories of His throne.
But mercy doth the dread remove,
Mercy reveals the God of love
To sinners reconciled:
Mercy and holiness agree,
And God and man made one we see
In that celestial Child.
Mercy doth every soul embrace,
That reverences the God of grace
Mercy for all far off, or nigh,
Flows from its Fountain in the sky,
And shall for ever flow.