Charles Wesley was possibly the most prolific hymn writer that ever lived. It is estimated that he wrote more than 6500 hymns. He was born In Epworth, Lincolnshire (UK) . Along side his brother, John, Charles was used mightily by God during the 18th century ‘Great Evangelical Awaking’.This is an example of how Wesley’s hymns have been edited over the years. Here is a favourite Christmas Carol in its original form. The tune suggested is the familiar one, written by Felix Mendelssohn. Two verses are combined with refrain.
Hark how all the welkin rings.
Glory to the King of Kings.
Peace on earth and, mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!
Joyful all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies,
Universal nature say
Christ the Lord is born today!
Christ by highest heaven adored,
Christ the everlasting Lord.
Late in time behold Him come,
Offspring of a virigin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with men to appear,
Jesus our Immanuel here!
Hail the heavenly Prince of peace!
Hail the sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Risen with healing in His wing.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Come desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise the woman’s conquering seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Now display Thy saving power
Ruin’d nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to Thine.
Adam’s likeness, Lord efface
Stamp Thine image in its place.
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee the Life, the inner man;
O! to all Thyself impart
Form’d in each believing heart.