The Nativity of Jesus

We celebrate the praise today

Author: James Relly
Tune: HULL (Billings)
Published in 4 hymnals

Representative Text

1 We celebrate the praise to day,
Of Godhead manifest in clay,
And of a woman born!
The promis'd Son to us is giv'n,
The glories of indulgent heav'n,
Our nature doth adorn.

2 Let it be told to distant lands,
How softly wrapp'd in swaddling bands,
And in a manger laid,
Was he, whom we with joy confess,
The glorious Lord, our righteousness!
Born of a favour'd maid.

3 Long did the saints with ardour sigh
To see his day, and thus did cry,
Desire of nations come:
More blest are we who see and prove,
The fulness of the Father's love,
The state of man, assume.

4 The Lord himself hath giv'n the sign
Of richest grace, and love divine,
Promise'd of old to man;
How that a virgin should conceive:
The wond'rous tidings we believe,
And praise her first born son.

Source: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: selected and original, designed for the use of the Church Universal in public and private devotion #CIX

Author: James Relly

James Relly was born about 1722 at Jeffreston, Pembrokeshire, Wales, and died in 1778. He was converted to Christianity during the Great Awakening ushered in by George Whitefield. He worked under George Whitefield as a Calvinistic Methodist preacher and missionary. However, Whitefield and Relly separated ways over Relly's seemingly universalist teaching that all humanity was elect (i.e. saved) when Christ took the punishment for all sin when he died. He also departed from both the Calvinists and Methodists by taking the doctrine of Justification further, in teaching that believers no longer sin and the Law's sole purpose is to condemn humanity and point them to Christ. He was the mentor of John Murray, the founder of the Universalist Ch… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We celebrate the praise today
Title: The Nativity of Jesus
Author: James Relly
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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