Scripture Verse

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, counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Introduction

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Michael Praetorius
(1571–1621)

Words: Au­thor un­known, in a 15th Cen­tu­ry man­u­script from Tri­er, Ger­ma­ny (Pu­er no­bis nas­ci­tur). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John Ful­ton.

Music: Ful­ton (Prae­tor­i­us), from Pu­er No­bis Nas­ci­tur, Tri­er man­u­script, 15th Cen­tu­ry, adapt­ed by Mi­chael Prae­tor­i­us, 1609 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ful­ton (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you send us an e-mail?

Lyrics

Unto us a child is born,
Christians, hear the story;
In this world our flesh is worn,
By Christ, the Lord of glory.

In a manger He is laid,
Where the kine are sleeping;
Angels recognize their Lord,
And o’er Him watch are keeping.

Haughty Herod trembles now,
Great his fear and sorrow;
Bethl’em’s infants he will slay
Before the dawn tomorrow.

Jesu, born of virgin maid,
In Thy visitation
Show Thy mercy, Lord, on us,
And grant us Thy salvation.

Alpha and Omega, Thine
Be this day our chorus;
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
Now let Thy grace be o’er us.