The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

When In His Arms He Held

For the Presentation in the Temple

St. Simeon

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1180. Then took he Him up in his arms, Gospel of St. Luke ii. 28.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), pp. 120-121.

    When in his arms he held,
    And to his bosom press'd,
He found Him to his heart reveal'd,
    And God for Jesus bless'd;
    The power and life of God
    He felt with Jesus given;
And when his hoary head he bow'd,
    He carried Christ to heaven.

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