Christ My Song - 1351
Fly abroad, and tell the story
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Fly abroad, and tell the story.
"And all that heard it wondered." (Luke 2,18)
1. Fly abroad, and tell the story
of the mighty Saviour's birth;
say ye, that the Lord of glory
leaves his throne and comes to earth.
He, before whom angels bow,
takes the form of man below.
2. Hither come, and view the stranger,
view the infant lately born;
see he lies in yonder manger,
by the world cast out in scorn.
Mark him well, for this is he,
born to set his people free.
3. Wonder not that thus you see him
lying in this humble place;
nor indulge a wish to free him
from a state so low and base.
Worldly pomp the Saviour scorns,
him no outward state adorns.
4. Sing, ye saints, the Saviour's praises:
'twas for you he suffered shame;
yes, he stooped, that he might raise us
to the place from whence he came.
Though he now appears so low,
crowns shall soon adorn his brow.
5. Learn, from his obscure condition,
how to think of all below:
scorn he meets, and opposition:
Jesus finds in man his foe.
Such our Master was, and we
must expect like him to be.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 4.