The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Seed Of The Woman, Look'd For Long

For Christmas

Words: Thomas Kelly (1769-1854)

Source: Thomas Kelly, Hymns on Various Passages of Scripture. A New Edition. (London: The Religious Tract Society, 1836), HYMN XI, pp. 11-12.

"Emmanuel, which, being interpreted, is, God with us." Matt. i. 23.

1 Seed of the woman, look'd for long,
He comes at the appointed time.
With joy we hear the angels' song,
Tis sweet, 'tis solemn, 'tis sublime.

2 "To God on high let glory he,
"To man, good will and peace on earth
We give the praise, O Lord, to thee,
And hail with joy the Saviour's birth.

3 Mysterious Child! to thee we bow;
To thee a willing homage yield;
To thee, of all things heir, though now
A babe, by mortal arms upheld.

4 A mystery confounding thought!
And yet a fact to childhood plain!
A fact with blessings richly fraught,
What angels love, what men disdain.

5 But those there are throughout the earth
Who know what others do not know;
They own the royal infant's birth,
And meekly in his presence bow.

6 A glorious day will come, they know,
When he, who now appears so weak,
Will, "conqu'ring, and to conquer," go,
And all the other sceptres break.

7 But he has much to suffer ere
That glorious day arrive. For pain
And shame, and death, await him here;
Till this is pass'd, he cannot reign.

8 'Tis thus the awful debt is paid
To justice due; and thus a way
For love to gain its end is made,
We read and wonder: well we may.

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