The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Saviour Comes, Prepare His Way

The Fourth Sunday In Advent
Celebrating the Age When Prophets Were Gradually Withdrawn1

Words: John Mason Neale

Music: Not Stated

Source: Rev. John Mason Neale, Hymns for the Young. Second Series of Hymns for Children (1844). New Edition. (London: Joseph Masters, 1854), #26, p. 32.
See: Christmas in Neale's Hymns for Children

Isaiah 80; Micah 5:2; Daniel 9:26.

1. The Saviour comes; prepare His way:
Emblems and figures must decay:
At last God sends us from on high
“A more sure word of prophecy.”

2. How He shall come at first it shews,
Despised of men, a Man of woes;
A mark for shame, and scorn, and scoff;
To be by evil hands cut off:

3. Midst wicked men to yield His breath,
To lie amongst the rich in death ;
To seem awhile of God bereft,
But not within the grave be left.

4. Thus, then, Messiah comes, -— but where?
And that the holy seers declare:
Of Judah’s cities it must be,
Bethlehem Ephratah, in thee.

5. In thee He first must draw His breath;
But He shall dwell at Nazareth:
His birth is poor, His parents mean,
“He shall be called a Nazarene.”

6. Born of a Virgin full of grace,
We know His lot, we know His place;
And after threescore weeks and two,
Messiah’s Passion shall we view. 2

7. Come, then, O Saviour, come to save!
Redeem Thy people from the Grave;
And lead them, by Thy Spirit’s Grace,
Home to their Father’s resting place!

Footnotes by Dr. Neale.

1, p. 28. The four Sundays in Advent represent the four ages of the world before the coming of Christ—that of the Patriarchs, that of the Law, that of the Prophets, and that after the return of the Jews from captivity, when Prophets were gradually withdrawn. Return

2. p. 32. "And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself."—-Daniel 9:26. Return


Isaiah 80. This citation is too long to reproduce here, and has been placed on a separate web page: Isaiah 53.

Micah 5:2. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. (KJV)

Also found in Mary Sackville Lawson, et al, eds., Collected Hymns, Sequences and Carols of John Mason Neale (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1914), pp. 341-342.

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