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This is the truth sent from above

Herefordshire Carol
  1. This is the truth sent from above,
    The truth of God, the God of love;
    Therefore don’t turn me from your door,
    But hearken all, both rich and poor.

  2. The first thing, which I do relate,
    That God at first did man create
    The next thing, which to you I tell,
    Woman was made with him to dwell.

  3. Then after this, ‘twas God’s own choice
    To place them both in Paradise,
    There to remain from evil free
    Except they ate of such a tree.

  4. But they did eat, which was a sin,
    And thus their ruin did begin;
    Ruined themselves, both you and me,
    And all of their posterity.

  5. Thus we were heirs to endless woes,
    Till God the Lord did interpose
    For so a promise soon did run
    That He’d redeem us with a Son.

  6. And at this season of the year
    Our blest Redeemer did appear
    He here did live, and here did preach,
    And many thousands He did teach.

  7. Thus He in love to us behaved,
    To show us how we must be saved
    And if you want to know the way
    Be pleased to hear what He did say.

  8. Go preach the Gospel new, He said,
    To all the nations that are made
    And he that does believe in me,
    From all his sins I’ll set him free.

  9. God grant to all within this place
    True saving faith—that special grace,
    Which to His people doth belong—
    And thus I close my Christmas song.