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At the birth of Christ our King

Full Text

1 At the birth of Christ our king,
Angels made the heavens ring,
Singing with a solemn joy,
Glory to the Lord on high.

2 In angelic heights of bliss,
They His majesty confess;
Ravished with so grand a scene,
They renew their songs to Him.

3 Glory in the highest height,
Blazing with majestic light,
Shine in David’s root and rod,
The incarnate Son of God.

4 Nature in its brightest glow,
Never can such glory show;
Here alone, the great Three-One,
Put Their brightest glories on.

5 O the wonders of God’s ways,
Here I AM, Himself displays;
And in spite of hell and sin,
Here His honors He’ll maintain.

6 Sinners here by faith may view,
What Omnipotence can do;
And in measures sweetly trace,
The rich treasures of this grace.

7 Come, ye mourning souls, rejoice,
Look, and with a cheerful voice,
Sing the honors of your God,
Blazing in th’incarnate word.

8 Soon the whole elect shall know
All the glory God can show;
And in bliss immortal sing,
Hallelujahs to their king.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9284

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First Line: At the birth of Christ our King


[Holy Spirit, faithful Guide]

Converted to Christianity as a youth at a mission in Buffalo, New York, Marcus Morris Wells (b. Cooperstown, NY, 1815; d. Hartwick, NY, 1895) spent most of his life near Hartwick as a farmer and maker of farm implements. He is remembered in hymnody for writing both the text and tune of "Holy Spirit,…

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The Cyber Hymnal #9284
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