Charles Wesley, 1745
Considered an Advent hymn, rather than for the nativity of Christ though it was originally written for Wesley’s Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord.
Other hymns written by Wesley
HYFRYDOL, Rowland H. Prichard, 1830
Hymn history and analysis by hymnologist C. Michael Hawn at UMC Discipleship Ministries
Hawn writes, “He (Wesley) also draws upon another cumulative technique, the repetition of a single word for effect. In this case it is the word “born” which appears four times. Each time “born” is sung, an aspect of Jesus’ mission to a troubled world is revealed: “Born to set thy people free”; “Born thy people to deliver”; “Born a child and yet a king”; “Born to reign in us forever.”
Hawn, C. Michael. “History of Hymns: ‘Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.’” Discipleship Ministries. The United Methodist Church. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.
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