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    December 23, 2021

    Christmas Carols are a Favorite part of the Christmas Season.

    Aside from "Amazing Grace", John Newton wrote hundreds of hymns to be sung in his church in Olney, England. He composed a number of Christmas songs most of us have never heard or seen. We thought you might enjoy one of John Newton's Christmas carols.

        "Praise for the Incarnation"

    Sweeter founds than music knows
    Charm me, in EMMANUEL’S name;
    All her hopes my spirit owes
    To his birth, and cross, and shame.

    When he came the angels sang
    “Glory be to GOD on high,”
    Lord, unloose my stamm’ring tongue,
    Who should louder sing than I.

    Did the Lord a man become
    That he might the law fulfil,
    Bleed and suffer in my room,
    And canst thou, my tongue, be still.

    No, I must my praises bring,
    Though they worthless are, and weak;
    For should I refuse to sing
    Sure the very stones would speak.

    O my Savior, Shield, and Sun,
    Shepherd, Brother, Husband, Friend,
    Every precious name in one;
    I will love thee without end.

    We will not be holding our Capitol Bible studies this week or next due to the holidays. We are using this time to prepare for the upcoming regular legislative session.

    We pray you all have a blessed Christmas season!

    Tim Pauley

    Capitol Commission West Virginia