Father, our hearts we lift

Father, our hearts we lift

Author: Charles Wesley
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1 Father, our hearts we lift,
Up to thy gracious throne,
And bless thee for the precious gift,
Of thine incarnate Son:
The gift unspeakable
We thankfully receive,
And to the world thy goodness tell,
And to thy glory live.

2 Jesus the holy child,
Doth by his birth declare
That God and men are reconciled,
And one in tim we are.
Salvation thro' tis name
To all mankind is giv’n,
And loud tis infant cries proclaim
A peace ’twixt earth and heav’n.

3 A peace on earth he brings,
Which never more shall end;
The Lord of Hosts, the King of Kings
Declares Himself our friend;
Assumes our flesh and blood,
That we his sp'rit may gain,
The everlasting Son of God,
The mortal Son of Man.

4 O might we all receive
The new-born Prince of peace,
And meekly in his Spirit live,
And in his love increase!
Till he convey us home,
Cry ev'ry soul aloud,
Come, thou desire of nations come,
And take us up to God!

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Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: Father, our hearts we lift
Author: Charles Wesley


Father, our hearts we lift. C. Wesley. [Christmas.] First published in his Hymns for the Nativity of our Lord, 1745, No. 9, in 5 stanzas of 8 lines (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. iv. p. 114). In its full form it is not in common use, but a cento beginning with the first four lines, and completed with odd lines from the rest of the hymn, is in common use in America. See Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, No. 408.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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