The lands that long in darkness lay
Now have beheld a heav’nly light;
Nations that sat in death’s cold shade
Are blessed with beams divinely bright.
The virgin’s promised son is born,
Behold th’expected Child appear:
What shall His names or titles be?
The Wonderful, the Counselor.
This infant is the mighty God,
Come to be suckled and adored;
Th’eternal Father, Prince of Peace,
The Son of David, and his Lord.
The government of earth and seas
Upon His shoulders shall be laid;
His wide dominions still increase,
And honors to His name be paid.
Jesus, the holy child, shall sit
High on His father David’s throne;
Shall crush His foes beneath His feet,
And reign to ages yet unknown.