Christ, by highest heav’n adored:
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of the favored one.
Veil’d in flesh, the Godhead see;
Hail, th’incarnate Deity:
Pleased, as man, with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”
— “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” a Christmas carol with lyrics by Charles Wesley (1739), adapted to Felix Mendelssohn’s music (1840) by William H. Cummings (1855)
I’ll be back with more reflections after the first of the year.