In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.@John 1:1
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Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

Reginald Heber, in the Christian Observer, November 1811. This hymn has appeared in many altered forms.

Azmon Carl G. Gläser, 1828; arranged by Lowell Mason, Modern Psalmist, 1839 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lowell Mason (1792-1872)

Oh Savior, whom this holy morn
Gave to our world below;
To mortal want and labor born,
And more than mortal woe.

Incarnate Word! by every grief,
By each temptation tried,
Who lived to yield our ills relief,
And to redeem us died!

If gaily clothed and proudly fed
In dangerous wealth we dwell,
Remind us of Thy manger bed
And lowly cottage cell!

If pressed by poverty severe
In envious want we pine,
O may Thy Spirit whisper near,
How poor a lot was Thine!

Through fickle fortune’s various scene
From sin preserve us free!
Like us Thou hast a mourner been,
May we rejoice with Thee!