Scripture Verse

Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

Introduction

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John M. Neale
(1818–1866)

Words: From the Swed­ish Pi­ae Can­ti­on­es, 1582 (Re­so­net in Lau­di­bus). The original source may have been 13th Cen­tu­ry or ear­li­er. Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John M. Neale, Ca­rols for Christ­mas-Tide (Lon­don: No­vel­lo, 1853).

Music: Har­mo­ny by Tho­mas Hel­more (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Hel­more (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Christ was born on Christmas Day,
Wreathe the holly, twine the bay;
Christus natus hodie:
The Babe, the Son,
The Holy One of Mary.

He is born to set us free,
He is born our Lord to be,
Ex Mariâ virgine:
The God, the Lord,
By all adored forever.

Let the bright red berries glow
Everywhere in goodly show;
Christus natus hodie:
The Babe, the Son,
The Holy One of Mary.

Christian men, rejoice and sing;
‘Tis the birthday of a king,
Ex Mariâ virgine:
The God, the Lord,
By all adored forever.

Night of sadness, morn of gladness
Evermore, ever, ever:
After many troubles sore,
Morn of gladness evermore and evermore.
Midnight scarcely passed and over,
Drawing to this holy morn,
Very early, very early
Christ was born.

Sing out with bliss, His name is this;
Emmanuel:
As was foretold in days of old
By Gabriel.

Midnight scarcely passed and over,
Drawing to this holy morn,
Very early, very early,
Christ was born.