Scripture Verse

He emptied Himself by taking the form of a slave and by becoming like human beings. Philippians 2:6–7


Charles Coffin

Words: Charles Cof­fin, in the Pa­ris Bre­vi­a­ry, 1736 (In­stan­tis ad­ven­tum Dei). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John Chand­ler, Hymns of the Pri­mi­tive Church, 1837. The ren­der­ing be­low, a slight al­ter­a­tion of Chand­ler’s trans­la­tion, ap­peared in the Par­ish Hymn Book, 1863 and 1875. Click here for Chand­ler’s orig­in­al trans­la­tion.

Music: Don­cas­ter Sam­u­el Wes­ley, in Psalms and Hymns for the Ser­vice of the Church, 1837 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John Chandler
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Lift up the Advent strain!
Behold, the Lord is nigh!
Greet His approach, ye saints, again,
With hymns of holy joy.

The everlasting Son
Incarnate deigns to be;
Our God the form of slave puts on
A race of slaves to free.

Daughter of Sion, rise
To meet thy lowly king,
Nor let the faithless heart despise
The peace He comes to bring.

As judge in clouds of light,
He soon shall come again,
And all His scattered saints unite
With Him in Heav’n to reign.

Before that dreadful day
May all our sins be gone;
The old man all be put away,
The new man all put on.

Jesu, all praise to Thee,
Our joy and endless rest;
We pray Thee here our guide to be,
Our crown amid the blest.