Scripture Verse

Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.@Isaiah 9:6

Introduction

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William W. Gilchrist
(1846–1916)

Words: Ho­ra­ti­us Bo­nar, Hymns of Faith and Hope (Lon­don: James Nis­bet, 1857), pag­es 147–48: Mun­dum im­plens, in prae­se­pio ja­cens—Au­gus­tine.

Music: Glad Day Will­iam W. Gil­christ, 1857 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Horatius Bonar
(1808–1889)

Lyrics

He has come, the Christ of God:
Left for us His glad abode;
Stooping from His throne of bliss
To this darksome wilderness.

He has come, the Prince of Peace:
Come to bid our sorrows cease;
Come to scatter with His light
All the shadows of our night.

He the mighty King has come!
Making this poor earth His home;
Come to bear our sin’s sad load,
Son of David, Son of God.

He has come, whose name of grace
Speaks deliverance to our race:
Left for us His glad abode,
Son of Mary, Son of God!

Unto us a child is born:
Ne’er has earth beheld a morn
Among all the morns of time,
Half so glorious in its prime.

Unto us a son is given:
He has come from God’s own Heav’n,
Bringing with Him from above,
Holy peace and holy love.