Scripture Verse

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. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6–7

Introduction

Words: Charles E. De Coet­lo­gon (1746–1820) (Sedg­wick, p. v). Nu­mer­ous var­i­ants of this text have been pub­lished. The ear­li­est we have seen (giv­en be­low) is in A New Se­lect­ion of Se­ven Hun­dred Ev­an­gel­i­cal Hymns…In­tend­ed as a Sup­ple­ment to Dr. Watts’s Psalms and Tunes, by John Do­bell (Mor­ris­town, New Jer­sey: Pe­ter A. John­son, 1810), num­ber 28. The pre­face to this ed­i­tion is signed John Do­bell, Poole, Dor­set, March 1st, 1806. The head­ing to the hymn reads De Coet­lo­gon’s M—.

Music: Ham­burg Lo­well Ma­son, 1824. First pub­lished in The Bos­ton Han­del and Hay­dn So­ci­e­ty Col­lect­ion of Church Mu­sic, third ed­i­tion, 1825 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lowell Mason
(1792–1872)

Lyrics

To us a child is born from Heav’n;
To us the Son of God is giv’n;
So Judah’s ancient prophet sings,
And Gentiles hail the news he brings.

Gentiles in Jesu’s name shall trust,
And of His glories make their boast;
The government of worlds He made
Upon His shoulders shall be laid.

His name the Wonderful shall be;
His wonders Heav’n and earth shall see:
The Counselor of truth and grace,
Who leads in paths of righteousness.

The mighty God, that glorious name,
His works and Word join to proclaim:
The everlasting Father, He—
And the whole church His family.

The Prince of Peace, on David’s throne
And nations yet unborn shall own
His sovereign and His gracious sway;
Glad of the honor to obey.

Justice and judgment He’ll maintain—
To everlasting ages reign:
And His blest empire shall increase,
’Till time, with all its movements, cease.

Our faith in grateful triumph boasts
These wonders of the Lord of Hosts:
And trusts the zeal that formed the plan
To perfect what that zeal began.