Scripture Verse

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6


Words: John Need­ham, Hymns De­vo­tion­al and Mo­ral on Va­ri­ous Sub­jects (Bri­stol, Eng­land: S. Far­ley, 1768), num­ber 77.

Music: Dun­dee Scot­tish Psal­ter, 1615 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Need­ham (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Blest news! To us a child is born,
To us a son is given;
Emmanuel He, the God with us,
The choicest gift of Heaven.

With transport view this wondrous Child,
Of purest virgin born;
In your best songs the titles sing
Which His great name adorn.

The brightest rays of heavenly truth
From Him reflected shine;
The Father’s wisdom dwells in Him,
Our counselor divine.

To universal empire born,
The charge He well sustains;
Nations rejoice, the mighty Lord,
Your king Messiah reigns.

With growing honors He shall sit
On David’s ancient throne;
There shall He ever reign, and thence
Shall make His justice known.

Lord of the future glorious age
By Heaven’s unchanged decree;
Gentiles and Jews shall own His sway,
And angels bow the knee.

Blest news! to us a child is born;
The Prince of Peace is given;
He brings down heavenly peace to earth,
And makes our peace with Heaven.