The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Ave, Maris Stella, Diuinitatis cella

For Christmas Day

Translation: Earth Today Rejoices, John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore, eds., Carols for Christmas-tide (London: Novello, 1853), from Piae Cantiones, 1582.

Source: G. E. Klemming, ed., Piae Cantiones. S. Trinitas. Iesus Christus. S. Spiritus. S Maria. (1886), pp. 13-15. Herr Klemming was a primary source for many scholars, including Dreves, Woodward and others.

1. Ave maris stella,
diuinitatis cella,
natus castitatis,
Radix sanctitatis,
Filius aeternae claritatis.

Apparuit, apparuit,
quem pia virgo genuit Maria.
Aue puer mitis,
suauitatis vitis,
mundi es creator
Simul et saluator,
tu es omnis bonitatis dator.
Apparuit etc.

2. Hodie saluator
et angelorum sator,
mitis et deuotus,
in Iudaea notus,
nascitur et languet vt aegrotus
        Apparuit etc.

3. Pannis inuolutum,
Quem virgo profert nudem,
bos cognouit esse
de radice Isse,
quem propheta cecinit expresse.
        Apparuit etc.

4. Vmbra vetustatis,
aenigma caecitatis
transit, et in lucem
virgo poet nuceum,
dans Israel ex Aegypto ducem.
        Apparuit etc.

5. Ecce conceptura
natumque paritura,
virgo nominatar
atque salutatur;
mundus sic de morte liberator.
        Apparuit etc.

6. Clamat Esaias:
iam praeparate vias,
semitas et rectas,
Domino perfectas,
animas qui coronat electas.
A    pparuit etc.

7. Rigor perit legis,
dum pro peccato gregis
pastor immolatur,
Hostia mactatur,
Populus in tenebris saluatur.
    Apparuit etc.

8. Puer singularis,
o Christe stella maris,
salus in procella,
nate de puella,
Dominum pro nobis interpella.
    Apparuit etc.

Sheet Music and Notes from Rev. George R. Woodward, ed., PiŠ Cantiones. A Collection of Church & School Song, chiefly Ancient Swedish, originally Published in A. D. 1582 by Theodoric Petri of Nyland. (London: Printed at the Chiswick Press for the Plainsong & Medieval Music Society, 1910), Carol #27, pp. 45-46, Notes p. 241.

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See: The Christmas Songs in Woodward's PiŠ Cantiones (1910)

See generally: Theodoric Petri, ed., PiŠ Cantiones Ecclesiasticae et Scholasticae Veterum Episcoporum. (GyphisuualdiŠ: Augustinum Ferberum, 1582)

Sources of Latin hymns found in Piae Cantiones:

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