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


Franz J. Haydn

Words: James Mont­gom­ery (1771–1854). Ap­peared in his Sac­red Po­ems and Hymns, Vol­ume 1 (New York: D. Ap­ple­ton, 1854), num­ber 33.

Music: Cre­at­ion Franz J. Hay­dn, 1798 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

James Montgomery


A child is born—the birth proclaim,
A son is giv’n—declare His name;
Messiah, from the fall foretold,
The Deity in human mold;
That mold from which, God’s image lost
In Eden at so dire a cost,
The new creation shall restore,
And guilt efface its lines no more.

Hail! to His rising from afar,
He is the bright and morning star;
His healing beams, ye nations, bless,
He is the Sun of Righteousness
To save His people from their sins,
Jesus His suffering life begins;
Ere long as Christ our sacrifice,
The Holy and the Just One dies.

Again His glorious name record,
As David’s son and David’s Lord;
He mounts the mediatorial throne,
To claim earth’s kingdoms for His own:
Him every eye again shall see
Descend in power and majesty,
His ransomed in the clouds to meet,
And put all foes beneath His feet.