The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Unto Us A Son Is Giv'n

For Christmas

Words: Thomas Kelly (1769-1854)

Source: Thomas Kelly, Hymns on Various Passages of Scripture. A New Edition. (London: The Religious Tract Society, 1836), Hymn VIII, p. 8-9.

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke ii. 14

1 "Unto us a Son is giv'n;"
'Tis the promis'd Christ is meant,
Bands of angels come from heaven
To announce the tidings sent,
Fill'd with rapture,
Celebrate the great event.

2 "Glory in the highest! glory
“Be to God, and peace on earth."
Now proclaim the joyful story
Of the mighty Saviour's birth;
Let the tidings
Fill the world with sacred mirth.

3 This is "the desire of nations"
Promis'd to the church so long;
Object of its expectations;
Burden of prophetic song;
Sing, ye people,
Join with heav'n's angelic throng.

4 Lo ! he comes, the Lord from heaven;
Lo! the mighty God appears.
"Unto us a Son is given:"
This is music in our ears;
Nothing sweeter,
Mortal or immortal hears.

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