Scripture Verse

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. Isaiah 9:6


Words: Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Dan­ish by Ni­ko­lai F. S. Grundt­vig (1783–1872) (Et li­det Barn saa lys­tel­ligt). Trans­lat­ed from Da­nish to Eng­lish by Paul C. Paul­sen in the Hym­nal for Church and Home (Blair, Ne­bras­ka: Da­nish Lu­the­ran Pub­lish­ing House, 1927), num­ber 85.

Music: Ran­ders Carl C. N. Balle (1806–1855) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the orig­in­al Ger­man ti­tle or au­thor, when the trans­la­tions or mu­sic were writ­ten or first pub­lished, or where get good pic­tures of Paul­sen or Balle (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Nikolai F. S. Grundtvig (1783–1872)



A lit­tle child so fair and bright
Is sent to us from Hea­ven;
Before or since that Christ­mas night
Such gift was ne­ver given;
But when the time of God was come,
His Son did leave His heav’n­ly home
And found on earth a mo­ther;
This Morn­ing Star, this Child of fame,
In low­li­ness among us came
To be our Lord and bro­ther.

Exalted in eter­ni­ty
Is Je­sus Christ, our Sav­ior!
All hon­or to our Fa­ther be
For His un­eq­ualed fa­vor!
Each Christ­mas day anew we raise
Our voic­es un­to Him in praise,
In joy­ful ado­ra­tion;
Though poor our hal­le­lu­jahs ring.
In Hea­ven count­less voi­ces sing
With ours in ju­bi­la­tion.