Many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.@Luke 10:24

John Needham, Hymns Devotional and Moral on Various Subjects (Bristol, England: S. Farley, 1768), number 81.

St. Luke (Heywood) John Heywood, 1867 (🔊 pdf nwc).

The time by Heaven foretold is come,
The year of Jubilee;
The day which kings and saints so long
So much desired to see.

He’s come, the mighty Savior’s come;
Hear and rejoice, thou earth;
Let every tongue the globe around
Hail the Redeemer’s birth.

Glory to God on high be given,
For peace to earth is brought!
Good will to wretched, dying men
Surpassing human thought.

See where the royal Infant lies,
In no rich bed of state,
A stable and a manger hold
This mighty Potentate.

There ’twas the wondering shepherds found
Their Savior and their king:
There too let us behold Him laid,
And whilst we wonder, sing.

The Father’s matchless love we praise,
We sing the Savior’s grace;
In mortal flesh arrayed the Son
Assumes the servant’s place.

Not tongues of men, nor angels’ songs
Can His abasement tell;
He dies upon th’accursèd tree
To save our souls from hell.

O how shall I such love requite?
My words are all too weak;
Lord, may each action of my life
Thy lasting honors speak.

Glory to God on high be given,
For peace to earth is brought!
Good will to wretched, dying men
Surpassing human thought.