Scripture Verse

When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law. Galatians 4:4


Words: John H. An­ke­tell, Gos­pel and Epis­tle Hymns for the Chris­tian Year (New York: Church Re­cord, 1889), num­ber 6.

Music: St. Tho­mas (Will­iams) Aar­on Will­iams, The New Uni­vers­al Psal­mo­dist 1770 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Anketell (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


In bond­age to the Law,
We groaned be­neath its yoke;
But God our hea­vy bur­den saw,
And sin’s strong fet­ters broke.

In full­ness of the years
He sent His on­ly Son,
To save us from our guil­ty fears
By deeds which He hath done.

The vir­gin bears the Child;
Angelic hosts re­joice;
We hail Thee Je­sus un­de­filed,
Named by the an­gel’s voice.

Mercy and truth are met,
Within our hearts to dwell,
And God most high is with us yet,
Our own Em­ma­nu­el!

His Spi­rit in our hearts
Still Ab­ba, Fa­ther, cries;
His com­fort ne­ver­more de­parts,
While earth­ly plea­sure dies.

In bond­age now no more,
We trust Thy faith­ful Word
And, heirs of God, Thy grace adore
Through Je­sus Christ, our Lord.