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, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.@Isaiah 9:6

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

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

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Johann S. Bach (1685-1750)

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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