1] Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy supplied the customary melody: see The Cambridge Hymnal, edited by David Holbrook and Elizabeth Poston (Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 1967), pp. 238-39. Charles Wesley's original text was extensively rewritten in 1753, 1760, and 1782 (Holbrook and Poston, p. 343). Lines 19-24, not in Sandys's version, are supplied from The Cambridge Hymnal.
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Original text: Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern, ed. William Sandys (London: Richard Beckley, 1833), pp. 143-44. PR 1195 C2S2 1973 MUS
First publication date: 1749
Publication date note: Charles Wesley, Hymns and Sacred Poems, 2 vols. (Bristol: Felix Farley, 1749). No. 138 1749 Green VUWE 1-2
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 1998
Recent editing: 2:2002/7/3
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