A Poor Brother's Hymnal
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
  Verbum caro factum est
Latin lyrics Literal English translation

Verbum caro factum est de virgine
Verbum caro factum est de virgine Maria

Verbum caro factum est de virgine
Verbum caro factum est de virgine Maria

In hac anni circulo
Vita datur seculo
Nato nobis parvulo de virgine
Nato nobis parvulo de virgine Maria

Quos vetustas suffocat
Et ad vitam revocat
Natus se deus collocat in virgine
Natus se deus collocat in virgine Maria

Stella solem pertulit
Sol salutem contulit
Nichil tamen abstulit de virgine
Nichil tamen abstulit de virgine Maria

Sine viri copula
Florem dedit ungula
Qui manet in secula cum virgine
Qui manet in secula cum virgine Maria

Die hac sanctissima
Omnibus dignissima
Nobis datur gloria de virgine
Nobis datur gloria de virgine Maria

The word is made flesh of the virgin
The word is made flesh of the virgin Mary

The word is made flesh of the virgin
The word is made flesh of the virgin Mary

On this day, as the year goes round
Life is given to all mankind
With the birth for us of a little son of the virgin
With the birth for us of a little son of the virgin Mary

Those whom the world's old age had crushed
Even they are called back to life
As god makes his infant home within the virgin
As god makes his infant home within the virgin Mary

A star has brought forth a sun
And that sun has brought us health
Yet no virtue is taken away from the virgin
Yet no virtue is taken away from the virgin Mary

On this holiest of days
Worthy day above all others
To us is given the glory through the virgin
To us is given the glory through the virgin Mary

Sanctified by God (?)
Revered by all (?)
We receive glory from the virgin (?)
We receive glory from the virgin Mary (?)


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Comments:
The last two verses incorrectly translated. "On this holiest of days..." is the translation of the last verse.
I'm no Classics scholar but the verse starting "sine viri copula...." is something like;"Without coupling with men the hoof gives a flower which remains in the world with thevirgin" It does not make sense to me
 
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