Saturday, 22 December 2012

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (annotated)

Hark! The herald angels sing (Luke 2:13), ‘Glory to the newborn King (Matt. 2:2);
Peace on earth, and mercy mild (Luke 2:14), God and sinners reconciled (2 Cor. 5:19)!’
Joyful, all ye nations rise (Ps. 117:1), join the triumph of the skies’
With th’angelic host proclaim, ‘Christ is born in Bethlehem (Mic. 5:2)!’

Christ by highest heaven adored (Luke 19:38); Christ the everlasting Lord (2 Pet. 1:11);
Late in time, behold Him come (Gal. 4:4), offspring of a virgin’s womb (Is. 7:14).
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see (Heb. 1:3), hail th’incarnate Deity (Phil. 2:7),
Pleased as man with men to dwell (John 1:14), Jesus, our Emmanuel (Is. 7:14).

Come, Desire of nations, come (Haggai 2:7), fix in us Thy humble home (2 Cor. 13:5);
Rise, the woman’s conquering Seed (Gen. 3:15), bruise in us the serpent’s head (Rom. 16:20).
Now display Thy saving pow’r (Rom. 8:11), Ruined nature now restore (Heb. 2:8-9);
Now in mystic union join Thine to ours (John 17:21), and ours to Thine (Heb. 2:11).

Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface (Eph. 4:22), stamp Thine image in its place (Col. 3:10);
Second Adam from above (1 Cor. 15:45), reinstate us in Thy love (Rom. 5:5).
Let us Thee, though lost, regain, Thee, the Life, the inner man (Eph. 3:16):
O, to all Thyself impart (Col. 1:27), formed in each believing heart (Gal. 4:19).

Hail, the heav’n born Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6)! Hail the Sun of Righteousness (Mal. 4:2)!
Light and life to all He brings (John 1:4), Ris’n with healing in His wings (Mal. 4:2).
Mild He lays His glory by (Phil. 2:7), born that man no more may die (Rom. 6:6),
Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth (John 3:3).
Hark! The herald angels sing (Luke 2:13), ‘Glory to the newborn king (Matt. 2:2)!’

For more meat off this tasty bone, check out this edifying post here

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