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Charles Wesley – Happy the Place, But Happier Still

26 Dec

1707-1788. English leader of the Methodist movement along with brother John Wesley.

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea” – Matthew 2:1

HAPPY the place, but happier still
The heart where Christ is born:
The heart which He vouchsafes to fill
Need neither sin nor mourn;
No city could with Bethlehem share
The honour of His birth,
But every soul by faith may bear
The Lord of heaven and earth.

~Charles Wesley~

The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, ed. G. Osborn, vol. 10 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), 142.

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Old Guy Hymns: Behold, He Cometh

18 Dec

Lift your heads, ye friends of Jesus,
Partners of His sufferings here;
Christ to all believers precious,
Lord of lords shall soon appear:
Mark the tokens
Of His heavenly kingdom near!

Close behind the tribulation
Of the last tremendous days,
See the flaming revelation!
See the universal blaze!
Earth and heaven
Melt before the Judge’s face!

Sun and moon are both confounded,
Darken’d into endless night,
When with angel-hosts surrounded,
In His Father’s glory bright
Beams the Saviour:–
Shines the everlasting Light.

Lo! ’tis He! our heart’s desire
Come for His espoused below!
Come to join us with His choir
Come to make our joys o’erflow;
Palms of victory,
Crowns of glory to bestow.

~Charles Wesley~

Our Own Hymn-Book (Pasadena, TX; Pilgrim Publications; 2002) p.85.

Old Guy Hymns: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing

11 Dec

Hark, the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King,
“Peace on earth, and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled.”

Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
Hail the Heaven-born Prince of Peace
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!

Veil’d in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with men to appear,
Jesus Our Immanuel here.

Mild He lays His glory by;
Born, that men no more might die;
Born to raise the sons of earth;
Born, to give them second birth.

Come, Desire of Nations, come!
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s promised Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.

Glory to the new-born King!
Let us all the anthem sing,
“Peace on earth, and mercy mild;
God and sinners reconciled.”


~Charles Wesley~

Our Own Hymn-Book (Pasadena, TX; Pilgrim Publications; 2002) p.256.