Jesus, humble was your birth

Jesus, humble was your birth. Patrick Appleford* (1925-2018). Published in Twenty-seven 20th Century Hymns (1965), one of the productions of the 20th Century Church Light Music Group, of which Appleford was a co-founder and prominent member. It became widely known through its inclusion in 100HfT (1969), and from there into A&MNS. It also appeared in NCP (1975) and in RS. Verse 3 was originally Jesus, when you were betrayed, Even on the Cross you prayed: Trusting in your Father’s care, Loving all men everywhere. The alteration in 100HfT means (in addition to removing the non-inclusive language) that every verse now identifies a simple and effective element of the life of Christ,...

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