To Us a Child of Royal Birth
An Angel of the Lord
(most believe it is the Angel Gabriel)
Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1171. “Unto you is born this day,in the city of David,” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 11.
Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 117.
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.
Saviour born, in love supreme
He comes our fallen souls to raise;
He comes His people to redeem
With all His plenitude of grace.
The Christ, by raptured seers foretold,
Filled with the' eternal Spirit's power;
Prophet, and Priest, and King behold,
And Lord of all the worlds adore.
The Lord of hosts, the God most-high,
Who quits His throne on earth to live,
With joy we welcome from the sky,
With faith into our hearts receive.
Also found in Charles Wesley, Hymns for the Nation, and Hymns for the National Fast Day, 1782.
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