Christmas Day

All hail, happy day, When enrobed in our clay

Author: Anonymous (1790)
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All hail! happy day,
When enrob'd in our clay,
The redeemer appear'd upon earth:
How can we refrain
For to join the glad strain,
And to hail our Immanuel's birth?

2 How boundless that love,
First begotten above,
And through Jesus to sinners made known
Lift, lift up the voice,
And exulting rejoice,
For Jehovah to earth is come down.

3 Ye angels of God,
Sound his praises abroad,
And acknowledge him JAH, the I am:
We also will join
In a hymn so divine,
Giving glory to God and the Lamb.

4 To Christ we will sing,
As our High Priest and King,
And our Prophet to teach us the road
But more than all this,
Fro Almighty he is,
And we own him our crucify'd God!

5 To Jesus's praise
Let us spend all our days,
For 'tis he our surety has stood:
He sojourned below,
That his mercy might flow,
And he purchas'd our pardon with blood!

6 O may the return
Of this once blessed morn,
Be for ever remember'd with joy;
Sweet accents of praise,
All our voices shall raise,
Hallelujahs shall be our employ.

7 Let echo prolong,
The harmonious song,
Hallelujahs again and again:
He kindles the fire,
Whom the nations desire;
And to him we devote the glad strain.

8 Blest Jesus, while we
Pay our tribute to thee,
Let us worship, admire, and adore,
Accept as thy crown,
What before was thy own,
Hallelujahs and praise evermore.

Source: A Pocket Hymn Book: designed as a constant companion for the pious, collected from various authors (9th ed.) #CCXI

Author: Anonymous

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Text Information

First Line: All hail, happy day, When enrobed in our clay
Title: Christmas Day
Author: Anonymous (1790)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Very likely not by Charles Wesley. None of the stanzas found in a search of Wesley's poetry at Duke University (1); nor are any of the stanzas in Osborn 1868-1872 (2) nor Kimbrough 2017 (3). First appearance of the hymn is in Coke and Asbury 1790 (4).
(2) Osborn, George. 1868-1872. The poetical works of John and Charles Wesley: Reprinted from the originals, with the last corrections of the authors; Together with the poems of Charles Wesley, not before published. London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office. Volume 1, 1868. Volume 2, 1869. Volume 3, 1869. Volume 4, 1869. Volume 5, 1869. Volume 6, 1870. Volume 7, 1870. Volume 8, 1870. Volume 9, 1870. Volume 10, 1871. Volume 11, 1871. Volume 12, 1871. Volume 13, 1872.
(3) Kimbrough, S T, Jr. 2017. Alphabetical index to the first lines of all stanzas of poetry by John and Charles Wesley. Eugene, OR: Pickwick.
(4) Coke, Thomas, and Francis Asbury. 1790. Pocket hymn-book, designed as a constant companion to the pious, Eleventh Edition. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Pritchard and Hall.



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