To us a child of royal birth

To us a child of royal birth. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788).  This hymn, entitled ‘The Incarnation of Christ’, was not published in Charles Wesley’s lifetime. It was found in a manuscript entitled ‘Hymns on the Four Gospels’, and was first printed in the 1830 Supplement to John Wesley*’s A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists (1780). It remained in subsequent British Methodist books until it was inexplicably dropped by HP in 1983. It has four stanzas:  To us a child of royal birth, Heir of the promises, is given; The invisible appears on earth, The Son of man, the God of heaven.  A Saviour born, in love supreme He comes our fallen souls to raise; He comes his...

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