The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Let Earth and Heaven Combine


For Christmas

Words:  Charles Wesley, Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (London: Strahan, 1745).

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, Reprinted from the Originals, With the Last Corrections of the Authors. Volume 4. (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1869), p. 109-110.

Music: "St. John (Parish)," Parish Choir, 1851
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Meter: 66 66 88

1. Let earth and heaven combine,
      Angels and men agree,
   To praise in songs Divine
      The' incarnate Deity,
Our God contracted to a span,
Incomprehensibly made man.

2. He laid His glory by,
      He wrapp'd Him in our clay,
   Unmark'd by human eye
      The latent Godhead lay;
Infant of days He here became,
And bore the mild Immanuel's name.

3. See in that Infant's face
      The depths of Deity,
   And labour while ye gaze
      To sound the mystery:
In vain; ye angels, gaze no more,
But fall, and silently adore.

4. Unsearchable the love
      That hath the Saviour brought,
   The grace is far above
      Or man or angel's thought;
Suffice for us, that God we know,
Our God is manifest below.

5. He deigns in flesh to' appear,
      Widest extremes to join,
   To bring our vileness near,
      And make us all Divine;
And we the life of God shall know,
For God is manifest below.

6. Made perfect first in love,
      And sanctified by grace,
   We shall from earth remove,
      And see His glorious face;
His love shall then be fully show'd,
And man shall all be lost in God.

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