Behold, the grace appears

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This is an hymn by Isaac Watts, his Hymn 3 of Book 1, published 1706, entitled The nativity of Christ.

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Behold, the grace appears!
The promise is fulfilled;
Mary, the wondrous virgin, bears,
And Jesus is the child.

The Lord, the highest God,
Calls him his only Son;
He bids him rule the lands abroad,
And gives him David's throne.

O'er Jacob shall he reign
With a peculiar sway;
The nations shall his grace obtain,
His kingdom ne'er decay.

 

To bring the glorious news
A heavenly form appears;
He tells the shepherds of their joys,
And banishes their fears.

"Go, humble swains," said he,
"To David's city fly;
The promised infant born to-day
Doth in a manger lie."

"With looks and hearts serene,
Go visit Christ your King;
And straight a flaming troop was seen:
The shepherds heard them sing:

 

"Glory to God on high!
And heavenly peace on earth;
Goodwill to men, to angels joy,
At the Redeemer's birth!

In worship so divine,
Let saints employ their tongues;
With the celestial hosts we join,
And loud repeat their songs:

"Glory to God on high!
And heavenly peace on earth;
Goodwill to men, to angels joy,
At our Redeemer's birth!"

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