Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.@Luke 2:10

Charles Wesley, Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (London: William Strahan, 1745), number 8, alt.

Sherbrook anonymous, in the Methodist Hymn and Tune Book (Toronto, Canada: Methodist Book and Publishing House, 1894), number 202 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Away with our fears!
The Godhead appears
In Christ reconciled
The Father of mercies in Jesus the child.

He comes from above,
In manifest love,
The desire of our eyes,
The meek Lamb of God in a manger He lies.

Immanuel’s birth
What a triumph on earth!
Yet could it afford
No better a place for its heavenly Lord.

The Ancient of Days
To redeem a lost race:
From His glory comes down
Self-humbled to carry us up to a crown.

Made flesh for our sake,
That we might partake
The nature divine,
Again in His image, His holiness shine.

A heavenly birth,
Experience on earth,
And rise to His throne,
And life with our Jesus eternally one.

Then let us believe,
And gladly receive
The tidings they bring
Who publish to sinners their Savior and king.

And while we are here,
Our king shall appear,
His Spirit impart,
And form His full image of love in our heart.