Unto Us a Boy Is Born

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1 Unto us a boy is born!
King of all creation,
came he to a world forlorn,
the Lord of every nation,
the Lord of every nation.

2 Cradled in a stall was he
with sleepy cows and asses;
but the very beasts could see
that he all folk surpasses,
that he all folk surpasses.

3 Herod then with fear was filled;
'A prince', he said, 'in Jewry!'
All the little boys he killed
at Bethl'em in his fury,
at Bethl'em in his fury.

4 Now may Mary's son, who came
so long ago to love us,
lead us all with hearts aflame
unto the joys above us,
unto the joys above us.

5 Omega and Alpha he!
Let the organ thunder,
while we sing our songs with glee
and rend the air asunder,
and rend the air asunder.

Source: Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #331

Translator: Percy Dearmer

Dearmer, Percy, M.A., son of Thomas Dearmer, was born in London, Feb. 27, 1867, and educated at Westminster School and at Christ Church, Oxford (B.A. 1890, M.A. 1896). He was ordained D. 1891, P. 1892, and has been since 1901 Vicar of S. Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill, London. He has been Secretary of the London Branch of the Christian Social Union since 1891, and is the author of The Parson's Handbook, 1st edition, 1899, and other works. He was one of the compilers of the English Hymnal, 1906, acting as Secretary and Editor, and contributed to it ten translations (38, 95, 150, 160, 165, 180, 215, 237, 352, 628) and portions of two others (242, 329), with the following originals:— 1. A brighter dawn is breaking. Easter. Suggested by… Go to person page >

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First Line: Unto us a boy is born
Title: Unto Us a Boy Is Born
Latin Title: Puer nobis nascitur
Translator: Percy Dearmer (1928)
Meter: 7.6.7.7.7
Source: Latin carol, 15th cent.
Language: English
Copyright: From The Oxford Book of Carols © 1964. Oxford University Press.

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Church Family Worship #671
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #331TextPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #73
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #715
Complete Mission Praise #714
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #98
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #127
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #782
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #526
Rejoice in the Lord #226
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #355
Singing the Faith #218
Small Church Music #560Audio
The New English Hymnal #39TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #293
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #54Text
Worship (3rd ed.) #381
Worship (4th ed.) #429
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