When In His Arms He Held
For the Presentation in the Temple
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.