Scripture Verse

Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. Isaiah 9:6


Words: Tho­mas B. Mur­ray, Lays of Christ­mas (Lon­don: Fran­cis & John Riv­ing­ton, 1847), num­ber 2.

Music: Eden (Feil­den) Os­wald M. Feil­den, in Psalms and Hymns, en­larged edi­tion, by Will­iam W. How & Tho­mas Bak­er Mor­rell, 1863 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Mur­ray (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Feil­den,

Oswald M. Feilden (1837–1924)


Lays of Christmas, 1847

Good news, this hap­py morn,
Glad tid­ings come from Heav’n!
To us a child is born,
To us a son is giv’n.

What prince of high re­nown
Doth Zi­on’s praise em­ploy?
Who brings the an­gels down
To sing their song of joy?

The Hum­ble and the Meek;
Of Him the an­gels sing;
To Him shall Zi­on seek,
For He is Zi­on’s king.

He comes, th’in­car­nate Word;
He comes, the Prince of Peace;
The ev­er­last­ing Lord,
Whose king­dom shall in­crease.

He quits His throne above,
Upon this earth to dwell;
Such low­li­ness and love
No hu­man tongue can tell.

What pro­phets had fore­told
And kings de­sired to see,
We with our eyes be­hold—
The Lord’s na­ti­vi­ty.

In Beth­l’hem’s mean abode
His suf­fer­ings began,
When Christ, the Son of God,
Became the Son of Man.

O Lord, Thine arm re­veal,
That ere our course is run,
We all may know and feel
What Thou for man hast done.