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


Franz J. Haydn (1732–1809)

Words: James Mont­gom­ery (1771–1854). Ap­peared in his Sac­red Po­ems and Hymns, Vol­ume 1 (New York: D. Ap­ple­ton, 1854), num­ber 33.

Music: Cre­at­ion Franz J. Hay­dn, 1798 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

James Montgomery (1771–1854)


A child is born—the birth pro­claim,
A son is giv’n—de­clare His name;
Messiah, from the fall fore­told,
The De­ity in hu­man mold;
That mold from which, God’s im­age lost
In Ed­en at so dire a cost,
The new cre­ation shall re­store,
And guilt ef­face its lines no more.

Hail! to His ris­ing from afar,
He is the bright and morn­ing star;
His heal­ing beams, ye na­tions, bless,
He is the Sun of Right­eous­ness
To save His peo­ple from their sins,
Jesus His suf­fer­ing life be­gins;
Ere long as Christ our sac­ri­fice,
The Ho­ly and the Just One dies.

Again His glo­ri­ous name re­cord,
As Da­vid’s son and Da­vid’s Lord;
He mounts the me­dia­tor­ial throne,
To claim earth’s king­doms for His own:
Him ev­ery eye again shall see
Descend in pow­er and ma­jes­ty,
His ran­somed in the clouds to meet,
And put all foes be­neath His feet.