Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son.@Isaiah 7:14
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Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Book I, 1707, number 3. The nativity of Christ.

Festal Song William H. Walter, in the Episcopal Hymnal with Tunes Old and New, by John I. Tucker, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Behold, the grace appears,
The promise is fulfilled;
Mary, the wondrous virgin, bears,
And Jesus is the Child.

The Lord, the highest God,
Calls Him His only Son;
He bids Him rule the lands abroad,
And gives Him David’s throne.

O’er Jacob shall He reign
With a peculiar sway;
The nations shall His grace obtain,
His kingdom ne’er decay.

To bring the glorious news
A heav’nly form appears;
He tells the shepherds of their joys,
And banishes their fears.

Go, humble swains, said he,
To David’s city fly;
The promised Infant, born today,
Doth in a manger lie.

With looks and hearts serene,
Go visit Christ your king
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And straight a flaming troop was seen:
The shepherds heard them sing:

Glory to God on high!
And heav’nly peace on earth;
Goodwill to men, to angels joy,
At our Redeemer’s birth!

In worship so divine,
Let saints employ their tongues;
With the celestial hosts we join,
And loud repeat their songs:

Glory to God on high!
And heav’nly peace on earth;
Goodwill to men, to angels joy,
At our Redeemer’s birth!