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And His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 KJV
About the Song
This song weaves Isaiah’s well-loved verse into a modern lyric, keeping the verse intact and in order, though omitting “and the government shall be upon his shoulder.” I figured only Handel can do justice to that phrase. My apologies… “called” is only one syllable in this selection–I’m sure many a choir member will try to make it two. A big “Thank You!” to Kurt Bestor for providing his arrangement of this song for free download. Thank him next time you see him! ?
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Recording featuring vocals by James Loynes:

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Recording featuring vocals by Heather Prusse:

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Lyrics

Unto us on this holy night
Unto us beneath a new star’s light
Unto us where the lambs have fed
Gently laid in a manger bed
Unto us a child is born
Unto us a son is given

Chorus:
And his name shall be called Wonderful
For the world will be healed by his power
He will be our unfailing Counselor In each uncertain hour
The Mighty God of heaven above
So meekly comes to earth
The Everlasting Father
This child of lowly birth
Tell his name, sing his praise in all the world
Till all the world believes
Till every voice is lifted up
To praise the Prince of Peace

Unto us ‘mid the angel song
Unto us, the gift awaited long
Unto us wrapped in swaddling bands
Hushed to sleep at the Virgin’s hands
Unto us a child is born
Unto us a son is given

(Repeat chorus)

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14 Comments

  1. Karen Clawson

    WOW, what a beautiful song. Our ward choir is singing it for our Christmas sacrament mtg. It is so powerful. I feel the spirit every time we sing it. It’s one of those songs that gets stuck in my head and carries me through the week. Thank you.

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  2. Makyla

    And absolutely beautiful song that holds so much power and full of the spirit. “Unto us the gift awaited long” the gift the father gave us, his son, so we might return unto him. “Unto us a child is born” beautiful innocent children sent to us from heaven, given to us by our heavenly father. And “unto us a son is given” heavenly father gave us his only begotten son that we may return unto him and live with him forever. This is a beautiful song with so much meaning, and I want to say thankyou for making it free, I am sing in it for a seminary choir, and there are people comming who have lost their children and have children who have disabilities and mental disease’s they will truly feel its power thank you.

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  3. Gloria Huls

    Just beautiful!!!
    God Bless You!’

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  4. Pearl Jackson

    I need this song in a lower key. How can I find this or have it transposed?

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  5. Jerry cooper

    What key is it written in?

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  6. Stephanie Woolverton

    My Relief Society presidency has asked me to play “And His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful” on my guitar for a RS Christmas dinner. I’m not a good enough musician to transpose piano music into guitar chords. Is there any chance that you have and are willing to share the guitar chords for this song? (Douglasville, GA)

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  7. Linda Love

    Thank you for all the wonderful arrangements you have written. I have used many of them. I am now in a very small branch and I am so grateful for the resource your music is.

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  8. Ainor

    Do you have a CD of the accompaniment on sale?

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  9. ilovemusic05

    I love all the songs in this site.Thank you for sharing your gift to us.

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  10. Laurie

    We’re singing this for our Christmas program. It is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing your music with us! We are grateful!

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  11. Nancy

    Can we have a violin part that matches the key for the SATB version?

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  12. Angelia Olson

    Do you have the violin part that shows up on the Men’s Voices?

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  13. Laura

    Hi. I just love your site! Thank you so much for all your hard work and for sharing it with all of us!!!!
    I would like to use the men’s version of “And His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful” for our Christmas program this year. I would like to include the violin obligato. The trouble I’m having is that the violin part seems to be messed up on that version. It starts out with its own line, but then there is never a part where it continues, that is labeled. There is a part later in the music that looks like it could be the violin part but it also seems to continue as one of the voice parts. Can you clarify this for me, pretty please?
    Thanks again for everything!

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    • Sally DeFord

      Hmmm…. that score was messed up! I’ve replaced it, so you should re-download and print it. (You may need to hit “refresh” in your browser for the new file to show up.) Thanks!

      Reply

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