Jesu, behold the wise from far

Jesu, behold the wise from far

Author: William Birchley
Published in 4 hymnals

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1 Jesu, behold the Wise from far,
Led to they Cradle by a Star
Bring Gifts to thee, their God and King:
O guide us by thy Light, that we
The Way may find, and so to thee
Our Hearts, our all for Tribute bring.

2 Jesu, the pure, the spotless lamb,
Who to the Temple humbly came,
Duteous the legal Rights to pay,
O make our proud, our stubborn Will
All thy Wise, gracious Laws fulfill,
What e'er rebellous Nature say.

3 Jesu, who on the fatal Wood
Pour'dst forth thy Life's last drop of Blood
Nail'd to th' accursed shameful Cross,
O may we bless thy Love, and be
Ready, dear Lord, to bear for thee
All Shame, all Grief, all Pain, all Loss!

4 Jesus, who by thine own Love slain,
By thine own Power took'st Life again
And Conqueror from the Graves did'st rise,
O may thy Death our Hearts revive,
And at our Death a new Life give,
A glorious Life that never dies.

65 Jesu, who to thy Heaven again
Return'dst in triumph, there to reign
Of Men and Angels sovereign King,
O may our parting souls take flight
Up to that Land of Joy and Light
And there for ever grateful sing.

6 All glory to the sacred Three,
One undivided Deity,
All Honour, Power and Love and Praise;
Still may thy bless'd Name shine bright
In beams of uncreated Light
Crown'd with its own eternal Rays.

Source: A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #XVII

Author: William Birchley

Pseudonym used by John Austin… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Jesu, behold the wise from far
Author: William Birchley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Jesus, behold the wise from far. [Hymn to Christ.] This hymn in its original form appeared in J. Austin's Devotions in the Antient Way of Offices, &c, 1668; again in Theophilus Dorrington's edition of the same, 1686; and Lady Susanna Hopton's edition, 1687. The form by which it is known to modern hymn-books was given to it by J. Wesley, and appeared in his Collection of Psalms & Hymns published at Charles-Town, 1736-7, No. 17, as a "Hymn to Christ," in 6 stanzas of 6 lines (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. i. p. 116). This form of the hymn is in common use in Great Britain and America, and sometimes in an abbreviated form. Its designation is "J. Austin, 1668; J. Wesley, 1736."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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