Hymn of the day

by Richard on December 25, 2009

From Charles Wesley’s Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord. Merry Christmas!

Away with our fears!
The Godhead appears
In Christ reconciled,
The Father of Mercies in Jesus the Child.

He comes from above,
In manifest love,
The desire of our eyes,
The meek Lamb of God, in a manger he lies.

At Immanuel’s birth
What a triumph on earth!
Yet could it afford
No better place for its heavenly Lord.

The Ancient of Days
To redeem a lost race,
From his glory comes down,
Self-humbled to carry us up to a crown.

Made flesh for our sake,
That we might partake
The nature divine,
And again in his image, his holiness shine;

An heavenly birth
Experience on earth,
And rise to his throne,
And live with our Jesus eternally one.

Then let us believe,
And gladly receive
The tidings they bring,
Who publish to sinners their Saviour and King.

And while we are here,
Our King shall appear,
His Spirit impart,
And form his full image of love in our heart.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1

Pam 12.26.09 at 12:39 am

Happy Christmas Richard - hope it was joyous and not too exhausting!

2

Will 12.26.09 at 4:29 pm

Happy Christmas, Richard!

What tune would one singe with this hymn?

3

Richard 12.27.09 at 6:59 pm

It’s an unusual metre, Will, and I confess to never having sung it. There’s a tune on Net Hymnal, but I don’t know it. Perhaps someone should write a new one.

4

fat prophet 12.27.09 at 9:18 pm

There are actually two tunes on net hymnal but they sound extremely similar to me and not particularly used friendly. The meter of the hymn is 5.5.5.11 and as you say is that unusual that there are only the two tunes and one other called Hosanna which is 555.11. Perhaps a new tune would be helpful and may even encourage people to sing this hymn. I am tempted to say that I agree with will that we should singe the tune(s).

5

Richard 12.27.09 at 9:29 pm

:)

6

Tony Buglass 12.27.09 at 10:44 pm

Hot stuff, indeed! ;)

7

Richard 12.27.09 at 11:47 pm

*groans*

I’ve just noticed that the hymn I posted today is also in this unusual metre - two hymns out of a collection of only eighteen. I wonder if there was a popular 18th cent tune that fitted?

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