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Blest News! To Us A Child Is Born

Representative Text

1 Blest news! To us a child is born,
To us a son is given;
Emmanuel He, the God with us,
The choicest gift of Heaven.

2 With transport view this wondrous Child,
Of purest virgin born;
In your best songs the titles sing
Which His great name adorn.

3 The brightest rays of heavenly truth
From Him reflected shine;
The Father’s wisdom dwells in Him,
Our counselor divine.

4 To universal empire born,
The charge He well sustains;
Nations rejoice, the mighty Lord,
Your king Messiah reigns.

5 With growing honors He shall sit
On David’s ancient throne;
There shall He ever reign, and thence
Shall make His justice known.

6 Lord of the future glorious age
By Heaven’s unchanged decree;
Gentiles and Jews shall own His sway,
And angels bow the knee.

7 Blest news! to us a child is born;
The Prince of Peace is given;
He brings down heavenly peace to earth,
And makes our peace with Heaven.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9460

Author: John Needham

Needham, John, was the son of John Needham, Baptist Minister, of Hitchin, Herts, but the date of his birth is unknown. He would doubtless be educated by his father, who was a tutor and in repute as a learned man. In 1750 Needham became co-pastor with John Beddome at the Baptist meetinghouse in the Pithay, Bristol; but, two years later, Beddome having retired through age, a violent controversy arose in the Church with regard to a continuance of the plan of co-pastorship. As the result, Needham and a number of his friends removed to a Baptist meetinghouse in Callowhill Street, where a Mr. Foot was pastor. For a time the two societies used the same builing at different hours, but in 1755 they were united, with Mr. Needham and Mr. Foot as co-pa… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Blest news! To us a child is born
Title: Blest News! To Us A Child Is Born
Author: John Needham
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

DUNDEE (Ravenscroft)

DUNDEE first appeared in the 1615 edition of the Scottish Psalter published in Edinburgh by Andro Hart. Called a "French" tune (thus it also goes by the name of FRENCH), DUNDEE was one of that hymnal's twelve "common tunes"; that is, it was not associated with a specific psalm. In the Psalter Hymnal…

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