Christ is Born!

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing

~Charles Wesley, 1739

Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Refrain

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ, by highest Heav’n adored;
Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in time, behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail th’incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.

Refrain

Hail the heav’nly Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!

Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die.
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

Refrain

Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conqu’ring Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Now display Thy saving power,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to Thine.

Refrain

Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the Life, the inner man:
O, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.

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[This is one hymn of thousands that Charles Wesley wrote.  It is rich in scriptural references.]

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  3. You have kindled anew my concern of man-made doctrines and other questionable practices within the protestant denominations. That is the reason the old-timers must cling to that which is “good” and teach it to the younger ones. By “good” I mean from way back in the beginning of the churches, as far as we can achieve the truths.

    As the Bible says, so wisely, search and test, search and test. Discernment is a must, more so nowadays than ever before.

    Shalom

  4. nuvofelt says:

    This is one of my very favourite carols. You’ve inspired my post for tomorrow.

  5. Charles Wesley wrote so many wonderful hymns and had such a dramatic testimony of saving grace.

  6. isaiah43123 says:

    As much as I enjoy contemporary praise/worship music, traditional hymns cannot be replaced. They hold many Biblical truths that contemporary music does not always express.

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