Scripture Verse

In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. Genesis 22:18

Introduction

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns for the Na­ti­vi­ty of Our Lord (Lon­don: Will­iam Stra­han, 1745), num­ber 21.

Music: Lux Eoi Ar­thur S. Sull­i­van, Church Hymns with Tunes (Lon­don: So­ci­e­ty for Pro­mot­ing Chris­tian Know­ledge, 1874), num­ber 67 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Arthur S. Sullivan
(1842–1900)

Lyrics

Come, Thou universal blessing,
Abraham’s long expected seed;
Perfect peace and joy unceasing
Thro’ the ransomed nations spread:
Devilish pride, and brutal passion,
Far from every heart remove;
Bless us with Thy full salvation,
Bless us with Thy heavenly love.

Happy is the man forgiven,
This let every sinner feel;
Taste in Thee his present heaven,
Pant for greater blessings still;
O that all anew created,
Might Thine image here retrieve;
Then to paradise translated,
In Thy glorious presence live!