Friday, December 24, 2004

Another great carol...

... that I haven't had the chance to sing this year. This one's by Charles Wesley.

Let earth and heaven combine,
Angels and men agree,
To praise in songs divine
The incarnate Deity,
Our God contracted to a span,
Incomprehensibly made Man.

He laid His glory by,
He wrapped Him in our clay;
Unmarked by human eye,
The latent Godhead lay;
Infant of days He here became,
And bore the mild Immanuel’s Name.

Unsearchable the love
That has the Saviour brought;
The grace is far above
Of men or angels’ thought:
Suffice for us that God, we know,
Our God, is manifest below.

He deigns in flesh to appear,
Widest extremes to join;
To bring our vileness near,
And make us all divine:
And we the life of God shall know,
For God is manifest below.

Made perfect first in love,
And sanctified by grace,
We shall from earth remove,
And see His glorious face:
His love shall then be fully showed,
And man shall all be lost in God.

1 comment:

Davsue said...

Paul,
A propo your unpublished letter to the Daily Telegraph (join the club!)I thought that you might be interested in the following quotation:'The appearance of Darwin's thesis was the appearance of an alternative revelation to the Bible. According to George Bernard Shaw,'If you can realise hoe insufferably the world was oppressed by the notion that everything that happened was an arbitary personal act of an arbitary personal God of dangerous, jealous and cruel personal character, you will understand how the world jumped at Darwin' (cited by Arnold Lunn, in Introduction to "Is Evolution Proved?"
Although Shaw's conception of God is a gross caricature, his basic analysis is correct. On the one hand, man faced an account of origins as the creative act of the ontological trinity, a totally
self-conscious Person, omnipotent, omniscient and sovereign, and to whom man is totally responsible. On the other hand, Darwinism offered an account of origins which performed all the miracles of creation and yet was totally impersonal, materialistic, and held no man to account'. (Rousas John Rushdoony:The Mythology of Science, p.41,Craig Press,Nutley, New Jersey, 1967).