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Weaker than a bruised reed,
Help I every moment need.
Love me, save me to the end :
Take the everlasting praise.
Hart. 1759. MHIS God, is the God we adore,
1 Our faithful, unchangeable Friend ; Whose love is as great as His power,
And neither knows measure nor end. 'Tis Jesus, the First and the Last,
Whose Spirit shall guide us safe home;
4-88. & 2-6s. C. WESLEY. 1749. THOU, who hast redeem'd of old,
And bidst me of Thy strength take hold,
And be at peace with Thee;
O dying Lamb, for me.
Thy love my plea I make ; Give me Thy love, 'tis all I claim ; Give, for the honour of Thy name,
Give, for Thy mercy's sake. 3 Can’st Thou deny that love to me ? Say, Thou incarnate Deity,
Thou Man of Sorrows, say! Thy glory why didst Thou enshrine In such a clod of earth as mine,
And wrap Thee in my clay ? 4 Ancient of Days, why didst Thou come, And stoop to a poor virgin's womb,
Contracted to a span ?
Flesh of our flesh why wast Thou made,
The new-born Son of Man ?
Down from Thy throne above;
O Mystery of Love !
And gladly to resign
And all Thy death be mine. 234
83. & 78. C. Wesley. 1744.
Dissipate the clouds beneath :
In our deepest darkness rise,
Pouring eye-sight on our eyes.
Life and joy Thy beams impart, Chasing all our fears, and cheering
Every poor benighted heart : Come, and manifest the favour
God hath for our ransomed race ; Come, Thou universal Saviour ;
Come, and bring the gospel grace. 3 Save us in Thy great compassion,
O Thou mild, pacific Prince ; Give the knowledge of salvation,
Give the pardon of our sins :
By Thy all-restoring merit,
Every burdened soul release ;
Guide into Thy perfect peace. 235
88. C. WESLEY. 1744.
Appear our Omnipotent Lord !
Didst stoop to redeem a lost race,
And reign in Thy kingdom of grace! 2 When Thou in our flesh didst appear,
All nature acknowledged Thy birth;
And heaven was opened on earth :
The world was united to bless
The Prince and the Author of peace.
Again in Thy Spirit descend,
A kingdom that never shall end ! . Thou only art able to bless,
And make the glad nations obey,
And bow the whole world to Thy sway. 4 Come then to Thy servants again,
Who long Thy appearing to know ;
In mercy establish below :
And anger and hatred be o'er;
And discord afflict us no more.
5 No Shall break the trurit o'erflohy grace,
5 No horrid alarum of war
Shall break our eternal repose ;
Where Jesus's Spirit o'erflows :
We all shall in amity join ;
And love with a passion like Thine. 236 184 4 -78. C. WESLEY 1739. " UTARK! the herald-angels sing
“Glory to the new-born King, Peace on earth, and mercy mild ;
God and sinners reconciled.”
Join the triumph of the skies ;
“Christ is born in Bethlehem !"
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Offspring of a virgin's womb.
Hail the' incarnate Deity!
Jesus our Immanuel here.
Hail! the Sun of Righteousness!
Risen with healing in His wings.
Born, that man no more may die ;
Born, to give them second birth.
Fix in us Thy humble home;
8 Adam's likeness now efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
BYROM. 1773. CHRISTIANS, awake! salute the happy morn,
u Whereon the Saviour of mankind was born; Rise, to adore the mystery of love, Which hosts of angels chanted from above : With them the joyful tidings first began,
Of God Incarnate, and the Virgin's Son.
Who heard the angelic herald's voice, “Behold,
This day is born a Saviour, Christ the Lord.” 3 He spake ; and straightway the celestial choir,
In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire;
“Peace upon earth, and unto men good-will.” 4 0, may we keep and ponder in our mind, God's wondrous love in saving lost mankind ; Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss, From His poor manger to His bitter cross ; Tread in His steps, assisted by His grace,
Till man's first heavenly state again takes place. 5 Then may we hope, the' angelic hosts among,
To sing redeem'd, a glad triumphal song,