The Lost Verses of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

HPIM1336.JPGIncluded in most hymnals are three verses of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” written by Charles Wesley in 1739. But there are actually two additional verses that speak not only to our salvation, but also our sanctification:

Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conqu’ring Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Now display Thy saving power,
Ruined 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,
Formed in each believing heart.