Scripture Verse

The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son, and will call Him Emmanuel. Isaiah 7:14

Introduction

Words: Hen­ry R. Bram­ley (1833–1917).

Music: A Vir­gin Un­spot­ted tra­di­tion­al Eng­lish ca­rol (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

The great God of Heaven
Is come down to earth,
His mother a virgin,
And sinless His birth;
The Father eternal
His Father alone:
He sleeps in the manger;
He reigns on the throne.

Refrain

Then let us adore Him,
And praise His great love:
To save us poor sinners
He came from above.

A babe on the breast
Of a maiden He lies,
Yet sits with the Father
On high in the skies;
Before Him their faces
The seraphim hide,
While Joseph stands waiting,
Unscared, by His side.

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Lo! here is Emmanuel,
Here is the Child,
The Son that was promised
To Mary so mild;
Whose power and dominion
Shall ever increase,
The Prince that shall rule
O’er a kingdom of peace.

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The wonderful Counselor,
Boundless in might,
The Father’s own image,
The beam of His light;
Behold Him now wearing
The likeness of man,
Weak, helpless, and speechless,
In measure a span.

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O wonder of wonders,
Which none can unfold:
The Ancient of Days is
An hour or two old;
The Maker of all things
Is made of the earth,
Man is worshipped by angels,
And God comes to birth:

Refrain

The word in the bliss
Of the Godhead remains,
Yet in flesh comes to suffer
The keenest of pains;
He is that He was,
And forever shall be,
But becomes that He was not,
For you and for me.

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