Merry Christmas! …from Charles Wesley*

Christ, by highest heav’n adored, Christ the everlasting Lord:

Late in time behold him come, Off-spring of the virgin’s womb.

Veiled in flesh the God-head see, Hail the incarnate Deity!

Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

O for a thousand tongues to sing My great Redeemer’s praise,

The glories of my God and King, The triumphs of His grace.

He breaks the power of canceled sin, He sets the pris’ner free,

His blood can make the foulest clean – His blood availed for me.

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia! Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth reply, Alleluia!

 – Charles Wesley –

* The above was lifted from the sidebar of my brother’s Christmas letter, featuring verses from three of the greatest hymns – Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing, and Christ the Lord is Risen Today.  My brother’s name is Wesley, no doubt named after the 18th Century Wesley brothers, John and Charles Wesley.  Our younger brother’s name is John Charles. This was also no doubt influenced by this love of my parents for their Wesleyan heritage, the preaching and hymn writing of John and Charles Wesley.

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