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