Scripture Verse

Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son. Isaiah 7:14

Introduction

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Isaac Watts
(1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs, Book 1, 1707, num­ber 3. The na­tiv­i­ty of Christ.

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

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Lyrics

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
;
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!