All Wise All Good Almighty Lord
All wise, all good, almighty Lord,
Jesus, by highest Heavín adored,
Ere time its course began;
How did Thy glorious mercy stoop,
To take Thy fallen children up,
When Thou Thyself wert man?
Thíeternal God from Heavín came down;
The King of glory dropped His crown
And veiled His majesty;
Emptied of all but love He came,
Jesus, I call Thee by the Name,
The pity bore for me.
O holy Child, still let Thy birth
Bring peace to us poor worms on earth,
And praise to God on high!
Come, Thou who didst my flesh assume;
Now to the abject sinner come,
And in a manger lie.
Didst Thou not in person join
The natures human and divine,
That God and man might be
Henceforth inseparably one?
Haste then and make Thy nature known
Incarnated in me.
In my weak, sinful flesh appear,
O God, be manifested here,
Peace, righteousness and joy;
Thy kingdom, Lord, set up within
My faithful heart; and all my sin,
The devilís work, destroy.
I long Thy coming to confess,
The mystic power of godliness,
The life divine to prove:
The fulness of Thy life to know,
Redeemed from all my sins below,
And perfected in love.
O Christ, my Hope, make known to me
The great, the glorious mystery
The hidden life impart;
Come, Thou Desire of nations, come,
Formed in a spotless virginís womb,
A pure, believing heart.
Come quickly, dearest Lord, that I
May own, though antichrist deny,
Thy incarnationís power:
May cry, a witness to my Lord,
ďCome in my flesh is Christ the Word,
And I must sin no more!Ē