1 Listen, catch the Christmas strain,
Hearken to the song from heav’n,
“Unto us a Child is born!
Unto us a Son is giv’n!”
‘Twas of Christ the prophet sang,
Sing today of Christ your King!
Nineteen hundred years ago
Shepherds heard the angels sing!
Glory be to God on high!
Peace on earth, on earth goodwill to men.
2 “Unto us a Son is giv’n!”
Came that Son to Mary mild;
“Unto us a Child is born!”
Judah’s manger held that Child. [Refrain]
3 “Wonderful” His name today,—
Counsel free He gives to all;
“Mighty God!” He rules the sea;—
“Tender Father;”—hears our call. [Refrain]
4 “Prince of Peace:’—oh, truest name!
Peace He freely doth bestow;
Peace remaining deep and calm,
While the ages ebb and flow. [Refrain]
Flora Kirkland was born in 1862 in Kentucky, before moving to Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from school she became a public school teacher for the seventh grade. She was a member of Tompkins Avenue Congregational Church for which she wrote a number of hymns. She was very active in the Wallabout Bay Mission in that neighborhood of Brooklyn. Most of Wallabout Bay would be filled in to make way for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. She died 17 January 1911.
Brooklyn Standard Union, 16 January 1911 Go to person page >
Display Title: Unto Us A Child Is BornFirst Line: Listen, catch the Christmas strainTune Title: BASILICATAAuthor: Flora KirklandMeter: 188.8.131.52.77Source: Uplifted Voices by Adam Geibel and R. Frank Lehman (Philadelphia: Adam Geibel Music company, 1901)