Scripture Verse

Good tidings of great joy. Luke 2:10


Samuel S. Wesley (1810–1876)

Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 695. Tid­ings of Sal­va­tion.

Music: Corn­wall Sam­uel S. Wes­ley, The Eu­ro­pe­an Psalm­ist, 1872, num­ber 441 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


To us the joy­ful news is brought,
Both un­ex­pect­ed and un­sought,
Of mer­cy rich and free;
Jesus awhile for­sakes His throne,
And for our lives re­signs His own,
Upon the bloody tree.

For us He lived, for us He died,
By Him was jus­tice sa­tis­fied,
The law no long­er frowns;
Now par­don, peace through Him are giv’n,
A door is op­ened in­to Heav’n
To scep­ters and to crowns.

Then let the Gos­pel trum­pet blow,
Till dist­ant lands the Sav­ior know,
And own His pow­er di­vine;
Nations un­born learn to adore,
His so­ve­reign grace and con­quer­ing pow­er,
And in one con­cert join.