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Unto Us a Boy Is Born

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1 Unto us a boy is born!
The King of all creation,
Came he to a world forlorn,
The Lord of ev'ry nation.

2 Cradled in a stall was he
With sleepy cows and asses;
But the very beasts could see
That he the world surpasses.

3 Herod then with fear was filled:
"A prince," he said, "in Jewry!"
And all the little boys he killed
At Bethl'hem 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.

5 Alpha and Omega he!
Now let the organ thunder,
While the choir with peals of glee
Shall rend the air asunder.

Source: Worship (4th ed.) #429

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 >

Text Information

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



The Cyber Hymnal #12919
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Instances (1 - 21 of 21)

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #782

Church Family Worship #671

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #331

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Common Praise #73

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #700

Complete Mission Praise #714

Hymns and Psalms #127


Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #331

Hymns Old and New #526

Rejoice in the Lord #226

Sing Glory #355

Singing the Faith #218

The Book of Praise #160


The Cyber Hymnal #12919


The Hymnal 1982 #98

The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #339

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The New English Hymnal #39

Together in Song #293


Voices United #54

Worship (3rd ed.) #381


Worship (4th ed.) #429

Include 22 pre-1979 instances
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