The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Jesus, Son of the Most-High

For Christmas

The Angel Gabriel

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1150. “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son,” Gospel of St. Luke i. 32, 33.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 105.

1 Jesus, Son of the Most-High,
    David's and God's authentic Heir,
Lord of all in earth and sky,
    Who Thy greatness can declare?
Great in holiness and power,
    Great in mercy, truth, and grace,
We Thy majesty adore,
    Sing Thine everlasting praise.

2 Earthly kingdoms soon decline,
    Totter, fall, and pass away,
Permanent, O Christ, is Thine,
    Cannot moulder or decay;
Every other power o'erthrown
    Shall its destined period prove,
Thy dominion stands alone,
    Fix'd as Thine eternal love.

3 King of saints, Thy right assume,
    Thy majestic right impart,
Let Thy royal Spirit come,
    Spread His power through every heart,
Thrones to all Thy subjects give;
    Then we grace and glory gain,
Partners of Thy nature live,
    Kings with Thee for ever reign.

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