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|ALL glory to God in the sky,
And peace upon earth be restored!
O Jesus, exalted on high,
Appear our omnipotent Lord!
Who meanly in Bethlehem born,
Didst stoop to redeem a lost race,
Once more to Thy creatures return,
And reign in Thy kingdom of grace.
|2||When Thou in our flesh didst appear,
All nature acknowledged Thy birth;
Arrived the acceptable year,
And Heaven was opened on earth;
Receiving its Lord from above,
The world was united to bless
The Giver of mercy and love,
The Prince and the Author of peace.
|3||O come, and to us be made known!
Again, in the Spirit, descend.
Set up in the hearts of Thine own
A kingdom that never shall end.
Thou only art able to bless,
And make rebel sinners obey;
Now bid human enmity cease,
And bow countless souls to Thy sway.
|Charles Wesley, 1707-88‡|