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Isaiah 9:2-8: The race that long in darkness pined

Meter: 8.6.8.6 Appears in 209 hymnals Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-8 First Line: The race that long in darkness pined Lyrics: The race that long in darkness pined, have seen a glorious light; The people dwell in day, who dwelt in death’s surrounding night. To hail thy rise, thou better Sun! the gath’ring nations came, Joyous, as when the reapers bear the harvest treasures home. For thou our burden hast remov’d, and quelled th’ oppressor’s sway, Quick as the slaughtered squadrons fell in Midian’s evil day. To us a Child of hope is barn; to us a Son is giv’n; Him shall the tribes of earth obey, him all the hosts of heav’n. His name shall be the Prince of Peace, for evermore adored, The Wonderful, the Counsellor, the great and mighty Lord. His pow’r increasing still shall spread, his reign no end shall know; Justice shall guard his throne above, and peace abound below.
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Hark, the Herald Angels Sing

Author: Charles Wesley Meter: 7.7.7.7 D with refrain Appears in 1,276 hymnals Scripture: Isaiah 9:6 Lyrics: 1 Hark, the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King. Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!" Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies, with th'angelic hosts proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem." Refrain: Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!" 2 Christ, by highest heav'n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord, late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin's womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail th'incarnate Deity; pleased in flesh with us to dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel. (Refrain) 3 Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace, hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, ris'n with healing in his wings. Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die, born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second birth. (Refrain) Used With Tune: MENDELSSOHN Text Sources: Text of 1753, alt.
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Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Author: Charles Wesley Meter: 8.7.8.7 Appears in 722 hymnals Scripture: Isaiah 9:6 First Line: Come, thou long expected Jesus Lyrics: 1 Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. 2 Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art: dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart. 3 Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a king, born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring. 4 By thine own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone; by thine all-sufficient merit raise us to thy glorious throne. Topics: Singing God's Story Advent / Looking for the Messiah Used With Tune: STUTTGART
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It Came upon the Midnight Clear

Author: Edmund H. Sears, 1810-76 Meter: 8.6.8.6 D Appears in 834 hymnals Scripture: Isaiah 9:4-5 Lyrics: 1 It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth To touch their harps of gold: "Peace on the earth, goodwill to all, From heav'n's all-gracious king." The world in solemn stillness lay To hear the angels sing. 2 Still through the cloven skies they come With peaceful wings unfurled, And still their heav'nly music floats O'er all the weary world. Above its sad and lowly plains They bend on hov'ring wing, And ever o'er its babel sounds The blessed angels sing. 3 All you, beneath your heavy load, By care and guilt bent low, Who toil along a dreary way With painful steps and slow: Look up, for golden is the hour, Come swiftly on the wing, The Prince was born to bring you peace; Of Him the angels sing. 4 For lo, the days have come to pass By prophets seen of old, When down into the circling years Came Christ as was foretold. His word of peace shall to the earth God's ancient promise bring, And all who take this gift will hear The song the angels sing. Topics: Society Used With Tune: CAROL
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To Us a Child of Hope is Born

Author: John Morison Meter: 8.6.8.6 Appears in 234 hymnals Scripture: Isaiah 9:6 Lyrics: 1 To us a child of hope is born, to us a son is giv'n, him shall the tribes of earth obey, him all the hosts of heav'n. 2 His name shall be the Prince of Peace, forevermore adored, the Wonderful, the Counselor, the great and mighty Lord. 3 His pow'r, increasing, still shall spread, his reign no end shall know; justice shall guard his throne above, and peace abound below. 4 To us a child of hope is born, to us a son is giv'n, the Wonderful, the Counsellor, the mighty Lord of heav'n. Topics: Christ Messiah; Christ Name of Used With Tune: I DO BELIEVE

His Name is Wonderful

Author: Audrey Mieir Meter: Irregular Appears in 35 hymnals Scripture: Isaiah 9:6 Used With Tune: MIEIR
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O God of Every Nation

Author: William W. Reid, Jr. Meter: 7.6.7.6.7.6.7.6 Appears in 31 hymnals Scripture: Isaiah 9:5-7 Lyrics: 1 O God of every nation, of every race and land, redeem the whole creation with your almighty hand. Where hate and fear divide us and bitter threats are hurled, in love and mercy guide us, and heal our strife-torn world. 2 From search for wealth and power and scorn of truth and right, from trust in bombs that shower destruction through the night, from pride of race and nation and blindness to your way, deliver every nation, eternal God, we pray! 3 Lord, strengthen all who labor that we may find release from fear of rattling saber, from dread of war's increase. When hope and courage falter, Lord, let your voice be heard; with faith that none can alter, your servants undergird. 4 Keep bright in us the vision of days when war shall cease, when hatred and division give way to love and peace, till dawns the morning glorious when truth and justice reign, and Christ shall rule victorious o'er all the world's domain. Topics: Industry & Labor; King, God/Christ as; Society/Social Concerns; War & Revolution; Industry & Labor; King, God/Christ as; Nation; New Creation; Peace; Society/Social Concerns; War & Revolution Used With Tune: LLANGLOFFAN

City of God

Author: Dan Schutte, b. 1947 Appears in 13 hymnals Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-2 First Line: Awake from your slumber Refrain First Line: Let us build the city of God Topics: Seasons and Feasts Epiphany; Brotherhood and Sisterhood; City of God Used With Tune: [Awake from your slumber]
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Jesus Shall Reign

Author: Isaac Watts Meter: 8.8.8.8 Appears in 1,742 hymnals Scripture: Isaiah 9:7 First Line: Jesus shall reign where're the sun Lyrics: 1 Jesus shall reign where'er the sun does its successive journeys run; his kingdom spread from shore to shore, till moons shall wax and wane no more. 2 To him shall endless prayer be made, and endless praises crown his head; his name like sweet perfume shall rise with every morning sacrifice. 3 People and realms of every tongue dwell on his love with sweetest song, and infant voices shall proclaim their early blessings on his name. 4 Blessings abound where'er he reigns; the prisoners leap to lose their chains, the weary find eternal rest, and all who suffer want are blessed. 5 Let all the people rise and bring their special honors to our King; angels descend with songs again and earth repeat the loud Amen. Topics: Adoration of Jesus Christ Used With Tune: DUKE STREET
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Crown Him with Many Crowns

Author: Matthew Bridges (1800-1894); Godfrey Thring (1823-1903) Meter: 6.6.8.6 D Appears in 757 hymnals Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-7 Lyrics: 1 Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne: hark, how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own! Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee, and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity. 2 Crown him the Lord of life, who triumphed o'er the grave, and rose victorious in the strife for those he came to save. His glories now we sing who died and rose on high, who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die. 3 Crown him the Lord of peace, whose power a sceptre sways from pole to pole, that wars may cease, absorbed in prayer and praise. His reign shall know no end; and round his pierced feet fair flowers of paradise extend their fragrance ever sweet. 4 Crown him the Lord of love; behold his hands and side, rich wounds yet visible above in beauty glorified. All hail, Redeemer, hail! for thou hast died for me; thy praise shall never, never fail throughout eternity. Topics: Jesus, the Lamb; Praise of God; Reign of Christ; Ascension and Exaltation Used With Tune: DIADEMATA

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