This lovely, lilting Christmas carol is often sung by children’s choirs. It was written by the Salvation Army member, Major Joy Webb. Major Web wrote most of her songs for adults and is known for her innovative “Joystrings” – the Salvation Army’s first “pop” band, which became famous in England in the 1960s. The group even made the radio pop charts of the day, particularly with On a Starry Night and It’s an Open Secret.
Major Web was committed in her service of the Salvation Army and was keen to share her love of Jesus with others. In this carol, we hear the lines that are repeated throughout the carol "for a boy was born, king of all the world." reminding us that the child in a manger is revealed as King as seen clearly as heaven and earth comes together to praise him.