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

Introduction

Words: Tho­mas Holme, Hymns and Sac­red Po­et­ry (Chris­tian Book So­ci­e­ty, 1861), pag­es 11–12, alt.

Music: Was Frag’ Ich Nach der Welt, me­lo­dy from Him­mels-Lust by Aha­sue­rus Fritsch, 1679. Har­mo­ny by Jo­hann S. Bach, cir­ca 1740 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Holme (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you send us an e-mail?

portrait
Johann S. Bach
(1685–1750)

Lyrics

Joy to the world! sound forth
From land to land the story;
Th’incarnate God is come!
The Babe enshrined in glory.

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To us a child is born,
To us a son is giv’n,
’Tis Jesus, Prince of Peace!
A pledge of love from Heav’n.

All wrapped in swaddling clothes
The tender Infant sleeping,
His cradle angels guard,
Their holy vigils keeping.

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The heavn’ly host proclaim,
In joyful chorus singing,
God’s covenant of peace,
To man salvation bringing.

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Glory to God on high,
His Son belovèd sending,
The world to reconcile,
Justice and mercy blending.

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Praise Him, ye nations all,
The word of life believing,
With reverential love,
The priceless boon receiving.

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