Unto us a boy is born! (Anonymous)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2022-01-12).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The carol in the version published in The Hymnal 1982, melody with words underlaid and organ accompaniment.
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2022-01-12).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 121 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The carol in the version published in The Hymnal 1982, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Unto us a boy is born!
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist:

Translation by Percy Dearmer

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Unison
Genre: SacredCarol   Meter: 77. 77

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published:
Description: Melody from Piae Cantiones, 1582, harmonised by Geoffrey Shaw. For other harmonizations and settings, see Puer nobis nascitur.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

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

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

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

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