Scripture Verse

When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Galatians 4:4–5


Words: John Need­ham, Hymns De­vo­tion­al and Mo­ral on Va­ri­ous Sub­jects (Bris­tol, Eng­land: S. Far­ley, 1768), num­ber 80.

Music: Brook­field Tho­mas B. South­gate, 1855 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Need­ham or South­gate (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


O happy time! Auspicious morn!
When the blest Prince of Peace was born;
Angels in raptures hailed His birth,
Who brought down peace from Heaven to earth.

’Twas when th’appointed years were run,
The God of grace sent forth His Son;
In mortal dress this Prince of light
Conceals a form divinely bright.

Heaven’s equal laws by us defied
Jesus obeyed and patient died;
Our curse He bears upon the tree,
And by His death makes captives free.

The saint’s full bliss, who can relate?
His honors, how divinely great,
Through Christ a son, a royal heir,
What angel can the bliss declare?

Ye men with joyful angels sing,
For unto you was born this King;
In heavenly raptures hail His birth;
Who brought down peace from Heaven to earth.