Light of Those Whose Dreary Dwelling

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Charles Wesley (1707-1788) wrote many popular hymns as well as the famous Christmas carol “Hark The Herald Angels Sing.” Below is one of his lesser known Christmas hymns published in the Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (1745). I think it’s mostly forgotten because it begins less than cheery, but keep reading and rejoice with God’s gift of new eyes, gospel grace, and perfect peace.

Merry Christmas!

Light of those whose dreary dwelling
Borders on the shades of death,
Come, and by Thy love’s revealing
Dissipate the clouds beneath:
The new heaven and earth’s Creator,
In our deepest darkness rise,
Scattering all the night of nature,
Pouring eyesight on our eyes.

Still we wait for Thy appearing,
Life and joy Thy beams impart,
Chasing all our fears, and cheering
Every poor benighted ‘heart:
Come and manifest the favour
God hath for our ransom’d race;
Come, Thou universal Saviour,
Come, and bring the gospel grace.

Save us in Thy great compassion,
O Thou mild pacific Prince,
Give the knowledge of salvation,
Give the pardon of our sins;
By Thine all-restoring merit
Every burden’d soul release,
Every weary, wandering spirit
Guide into Thy perfect peace.

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