XIX. The Nativity of Christ

1 Behold, the Grace appears!
The Promise is fulfill'd;
Mary, the Wond'rous Virgin, bears,
And Jesus is the Child.

[2 The Lord, the Highest God,
Calls him his only Son;
He bids him rule the Lands abroad,
And gives him David's throne.

3 O'er Jacob shall he reign
With a peculiar Sway;
The Nations shall his Grace obtain,
His Kingdom ne'er decay.]

4 To bring the glorious News
A heav'nly Form appears;
He tells the Shepherds of their joys,
And banishes their Fears.

5 "Go, humble Swains, said he,
To David's city fly;
The Promis'd Infant born To Day
Doth in a Manger lie.

6 With Looks and Hearts serene,
Go visit Christ your King;
And strait a flaming Troop was seen:
The Shepherds heard them sing:

7 "Glory to God on high,
And heav'nly Peace on Earth;
Good Will to Men, to Angels joy,
At the Redeemer's Birth.

[8 In Worship so divine,
Let Saints employ their Tongues;
With the Celestial Host we Join,
And loud repeat their Songs.

9 Glory to God on High,
And heav'nly Peace on Earth;
Good Will to Men, to Angels Joy,
At our Redeemer's Birth.]

Text Information
First Line: Behold, the Grace appears
Title: The Nativity of Christ
Publication Date: 1791
Scripture: Luke 1:30-38; Luke 2:10-19
Topic: Nativity of Christ
Language: English
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