To us a Child of royal birth


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 Savior born, in love supreme
he comes our fallen souls to raise;
he comes his people to redeem
with all the fullness of his 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.


Words: Charles Wesley (1707-1788), 1782

MIDI: Devonshire (English traditional)

Meter: LM

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924      
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906      
The Book of Common Praise, 1908      
The Hymnal 1916      
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
     
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925      
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931      
The Book of Common Praise, 1938      
The Hymnal 1940      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 071 Devonshire (Invitation)  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960      
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 120 Devonshire (Invitation)  
The Hymn Book 1971      
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 230 Eisenach  
The Hymnal 1982      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 045 Devonshire (Invitation)  
The New English Hymnal, 1985      
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 064 Eisenach Text modernized
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996      
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998      
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 308 Killibegs  
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000      
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000      
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000      

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