A Poor Brother's Hymnal
Monday, March 06, 2006
  A Child Is Born in Bethlehem


Puer natus in Bethlehem, Alleluia.
Unde gaudet Jerusalem. Alleluia.

Hic jacet in præsepio, Alleluia.
Qui regnat sine termino. Alleluia.

Cognovit bos et asinus, Alleluia.
Quod puer erat Dominus. Alleluia.

Reges de Sabâ veniunt, Alleluia.
Aurum, thus, myrrhum offerunt. Alleluia.

Intrantes domum invicem, Alleluia.
Novum salutant principem. Alleluia.

De matre natus virgine, Alleluia.
Sine virili femine; Alleluia.

Sine serpentis vulnere, Alleluia.
De nostro venit sanguine; Alleluia.

In carne nobis similis, Alleluia.
Peccato sed dissimilis; Alleluia.

Ut redderet nos homines, Alleluia.
Deo et sibi similes. Alleluia.

In hoc natali gaudio, Alleluia.
Benedicamus Domino: Alleluia.

Laudetur sancta Trinitas, Alleluia.
Deo dicamus gratias. Alleluia.


tr. Hamilton Montgomerie MacGill, 1876

A Child is born in Bethlehem;
Exult for joy, Jerusalem! Alleluia.

Lo, He who reigns above the skies
There, in a manger lowly, lies. Alleluia.

The ox and ass in neighbouring stall
See in that Child the Lord of all. Alleluia.

And kingly pilgrims, long foretold,
From East bring incense, myrrh, and gold, Alleluia.

And enter with their offerings,
To hail the new-born King of Kings. Alleluia.

He comes, a maiden mother's Son,
Yet earthly father hath He none; Alleluia.

And, from the serpent's poison free,
He owned our blood and pedigree. Alleluia.

Our feeble flesh and His the same,
Our sinless kinsman He became, Alleluia.

That we, from deadly thrall set free,
Like Him, and so like God, should be. Alleluia.

Come then, and on this natal day,
Rejoice before the Lord and pray. Alleluia.

And to the Holy One in Three
Give praise and thanks eternally. Alleluia.



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1. A Child is born in Bethlehem:
Rejoice, rejoice, Jerusalem!

2. He Who for ever rules on high,
In this poor manger deigns to lie.

3. In that dear Child, here laid so low,
The ox and ass their Master know.

4. The Eastern monarchs to the King
Their gold, and myrrh, and incense bring.

5. Into the lowly shed they press,
That each the new-born Prince may bless.

6. Born of a Virgin Mother, He
Child of no earthly sire might be.

7. He Who ne'er felt the serpent's sting
Vouchsafed from our lost race to spring.

8. Made flesh, He here man's likeness bare,
Although man's guilt He could not share;

9. That man through Him might be restored
To the lost image of his Lord.

10. To Him, on this His Natal Day,
Let all their joyful homage pay.

11. O God the Holy Trinity,
All praise to Thee eternally!

Sheet Music from Chope


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