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To us a Child of Royal Birth

The words and lyrics of the old carol 'To us a Child of royal birth' were written by Charles Wesley (1707-1788). Charles was the brother of John Wesley and co-founder of Methodism. He was also a great writer of Hymns, Carols and poems. Educated at Oxford University he joined a group and formed the Methodist movement. Charles accompanied his brother John to the new colony of Georgia in 1735 where he worked as the secretary of the Governor, General James Oglethorpe. Charles Wesley returned to England in 1736.

To us a Child of Royal Birth
Christmas Carol Lyrics

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 people to redeem
With all His plenitude of grace.

The Christ, by raptured seers foretold,
Filled with the eternal Spiritís 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


To us a Child of Royal Birth
Christmas Carol Lyrics

A selection of Charles Wesley's hymns was first published in 1739 which proved to be immensely popular. Charles married Sarah Gwynne on April 8th 1749 and they were blessed with two sons. He died in London in March 1778.

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