Unto Us a Boy Is Born

Representative Text

1 Unto us a boy is born!
King of all creation,
came he to a world forlorn,
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 us all surpasses.

3 Herod then with fear was filled:
'A prince', he said, 'in Jewry!'
All the little boys he killed
at Bethlem 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 Omega and Alpha he!
Let the organ thunder,
while the choir with peals of glee
now rend the air asunder.

Source: Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #293

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 >



Instances (1 - 17 of 17)

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

Church Family Worship #671

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #331

Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #73

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #700

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: New Anglican #526

Rejoice in the Lord #226

Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #355

Singing the Faith #218

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The New English Hymnal #39


Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #293

Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #54

Worship (3rd ed.) #381

Worship (4th ed.) #429

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