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.@Isaiah 9:6

Introduction

Words: Anon­y­mous, in Christ­mas Min­strel­sy, by Jo­seph Will­iams (Lon­don & Man­ches­ter, Eng­land: No­vel­lo & Brem­ner, 1864), num­ber 52.

Music: Ca­na (Da­man­ti­us) Chris­to­pher Da­man­ti­us (1567–1620). Ar­ranged by Hen­ry J. Gaunt­lett, 1864 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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portrait
Henry J. Gauntlett
(1805–1876)
© National Portrait Gallery

Lyrics

Unto us a child is born,
Unto us a son is giv’n!

Rejoice, ye sinners, sad, forlorn,
He intercedes with angry Heav’n.
Wonderful, shall be His name,
God, whose reign shall never cease,
Counselor, of mighty fame,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Unto us a child is born,
Unto us a son is giv’n!

The world from Satan’s grasp is torn,
Immanuel reigns o’er earth and Heav’n.
On Him the government shall rest;
His kingdom ever shall extend;
With judgment, peace and justice blest,
His happy reign shall never end.

Sinners, rejoice, though sad, forlorn—
Though trembling ’neath the wrath of Heav’n—
A Savior unto thee is born,
Thy ransom’s paid—the pardon giv’n!
Who shall the mighty deed perform?
Who shall exalt Him to His throne?
The Lord, who made the feeble worm—
The Lord of hosts, the Lord alone.

Sinners, hail th’auspicious morn,
Echo back the song to Heav’n—
Unto us a child is born,
Unto us a son is giv’n!

Lo, where bursting from the sky,
Angels celebrate His birth;
Glory be to God on high!
Goodwill t’wards men, and peace on earth.