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Hark how all the welkin rings

Hymn for Christmas-Day.

Poet: Charles Wesley, 1739
Meter: 7s (7,7,7,7)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
1
Hark how all the welkin rings
“Glory to the King of kings,
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconcil’d!”



2
Joyful all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies,
Universal nature say
“Christ the Lord is born to day!”



3
Christ, by highest heav’n ador’d,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.



4
Veil’d in flesh, the Godhead see,
Hail th’ incarnate deity!
Pleas’d as man with men t’ appear
Jesus, our Immanuel here!



5
Hail the heav’nly Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Ris’n with healing in his wings.



6
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born—that man no more may die,
Born—to raise the sons of earth,
Born—to give them second birth.



7
Come, desire of nations, come,
Fix in us thy humble home,
Rise, the woman’s conqu’ring seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.



8
Now display thy saving pow’r,
Ruin’d nature now restore,
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to thine.



9
Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp thy image in its place,
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in thy love.



10
Let us thee, tho’ lost, regain,
Thee, the life, the inner man:
O! To all thyself impart,
Form’d in each believing heart.




Rewritten variation of this hymn tune:
HARK! the Herald Angels sing,, by George Whitefield in 1753.
Wesley, John and Charles Wesley. Hymns and Sacred Poems. London: Printed by W. Strahan, 1739.