Scripture Verse

For 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


Words: W. Layng, in Ca­rols for Use in Church, by Ri­chard R. Chope (Lon­don: Will­iam Clowes & Sons, 1894), num­ber 57.

Music: Oak Lo­well Ma­son, 1854 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know Layng’s or Fare­bro­ther’s full name, or where to get good pho­tos of them (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lowell Mason


Sing ye the songs of praise; Jesus is come!
High your glad voices raise; Jesus is come!
Cast worldly cares away, worship and homage pay;
Welcome the blessèd day, Jesus is come!

This day in Bethlehem, Jesus was born!
King of Jerusalem, Jesus was born!
Sun of all righteousness, shining and blessedness,
Healing our wretchedness, Jesus was born!

Perfect God, perfect man, born in the world!
Working His gracious plan, born in the world!
A manger must be His cot, other room He had not;
Such was His lowly lot, born in the world!

Be humble, sons of men; humble was Christ!
Pride ill becomes you when humble was Christ!
Never forsake Him, your righteousness make Him,
As best model take Him, humble was Christ!

Cleanse us from all our sin, Savior divine!
Make our thoughts pure within, Savior divine!
Lo! now the herald sound carols the love profound,
Telling of Jesus found, Savior divine!

Save through Thy merit, great Prince of Peace!
Give Thy good Spirit, great Prince of Peace!
Let not Thy love depart, but holy gifts impart,
Born into every heart, great Prince of Peace!