The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Unto Us A Child Is Born

For Christmas Day.

An Anthem taken out of the 9th Chapter of Isaiah, Verse 6.

Words: Isaiah 9:6-7

Music: William Knapp

Source: William Knapp, ed., A Set of New Psalms and Anthems, In Four Parts, On Various Occasions. Eighth Edition. (London: George Bigg, 1744, 1770), pp. 53-58.

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
And the government shall be upon his shoulder.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
And his name shall be called Wonderful,
The mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

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 justice, from henceforth, even for ever.
The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

And his name shall be called Wonderful,
The mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

Sheet Music from William Knapp, ed., A Set of New Psalms and Anthems, In Four Parts, On Various Occasions. Eighth Edition. (London: George Bigg, 1744, 1770), pp. 53-58.

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Knapp's arrangement @ CPDL,
http://www2.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Unto_us_a_child_is_born.

A slightly simplified version of Knapp's arrangement can be seen at Unto Us A Child Is Born - Anthem.

Free sheet music is available for this piece for non-commercial use from Roding Music, both vocals and vocals with keyboard. The Christmas Carols page has links to this and other carols sung in the West Galley tradition.

Most versions of hymns with this or a similar title are translations of the Latin hymn Puer Nobis Nascitur (Trier MS, 15th Century). See:

The lyrics of these hymns have little in common with the scriptural inspiration:

Isaiah 9:6-7 (New International Version (NIV))

6
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission.

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