Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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

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

Alternate Tunes:

If you know when the mu­sic was writ­ten, the com­pos­er, or where to get a good pic­ture of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Lyrics

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.