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 Isaiah 9:6

James Baden Powell (1842-1931); appeared in Carols Old and Carols New, by Charles L. Hutchins (Boston, Massachusetts: Parish Choir, 1916), number 686.

From Marot’s French psalter, 1647 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Night has closed the gates,
Fades away the twilight,
While all nature waits,
Watching for the morn,
When the Christ was born,
Christ the Star of daylight.

Olden prophets spake
Many a word of warning;
From your slumbers wake!
Lo! the heav’ns are riv’n,
For sure a Son is giv’n!

Given with the dawning.

Psalmists sang their song,
Song of loving kindness,
Of the promise long,
Sure, with mercy dight,
Sure in giving light;
Light unto man’s blindness.

Christ, the Light has come,
Christ, true mercy bringing,
Earth is Heaven’s home,
Earth, where angels’ cry,
Praise to God on high,
Through the night is ringing.

Jesu, Mary’s Son!
Born for every nation,
By the grace Thou’st won,
Shed from Heaven’s height,
Mercy, truth and light,
In the end, salvation.