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Puer Natus in Bethlehem

For Christmas and Epiphany.

Words and Music: A 14th Century Latin Hymn.

See: Puer natus in Bethlehem - from Piæ Cantiones, with notes and links to translations.

Source: Alte Catholische Geistliche Kirchengeseng. (Köln: Arnold Quentell, 1599), pp. 34b-38a.

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This hymnal contains five tunes with texts of Puer Natus in Bethlehem or Ein Kind Geborn in Bethlehem or both.

Pages 34b, 35a, 35b
Sheet music and text, Puer natus in Bethlehem & Ein Kind Geborn in Bethlehem. 3 pages (through 35b). This version bears similarity to Bapst, Leisentrit, Wackernagel, #310, and Hopkins with its repetition of words after lines in the verse.

First verse of Latin:

Puer natus in Bethlehem, in Bethlehem.
Vnde gaudet Ierusalem, Ierusalem.

First lines of the Latin verses:

1. Puer natus in Bethlehem,
2. Cognouit Bos & asinus
3. Reges de Saba veniunt
4. Intrantes domum inuicem
5. De matre natus virgine
6. Sine serpentis vulnere
7. In carne nobis similis
8. Vt redderet nos homines
9. In hoc natali gaudio
10. Gloria tibi domine
11. Laudetur sancta trinitas.

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Page 36a.
Sheet music and text, Ein Kind Geborn in Bethlehem. One verse.

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Page 36b.
Sheet music and text, Puer natus in Bethlehem & Ein Kind Geborn in Bethlehem. 2 verses of 4 lines each. Although the page scan is bad, making it difficult to determine all the text, a comparison with Das Paderborner 1609, #13-2, p. 29, Tune 2, helped to reveal the text:

1. Puer natus in Bethlehem
vnde gaudet Ierusalem
lætamini in Domino
In hoc nouo Anno.

2. Hic jacet in præsepio,
Qui regnat sine termino,
Lætamini in Domini
In hoc nouo Anno.

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Page 37a.
Sheet music and text, Puer natus in Bethlehem & Ein Kind Geborn in Bethlehem. Two verses.

First Latin verse is similar to verses seen in Wackernagel, #316 (Note), Das Paderborner Gesangbuch, 1609, #20, pp. 49-50, and Alte und Newe Geistliche Catholische, p. 46:

Puer natus in Bethlehem,
Vnde gaudet Ierusalem,
Amor, Amor, Amor, amor, amor,
Quam dulcis es amor.

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Page 37b & 38a.
Sheet music and text, Puer natus in Bethlehem & Ein Kind Geborn in Bethlehem. One Verse of Latin, 3 verses of German. Two pages. Identical to the tune and text in Das Paderborner Gesangbuch, 1609, #13-5, pp. 31-32.

Latin verse:

Puer natus in Bethlehem
In hoc anno,
Vnde gaudet Ierusalem,
Hoc in anno
Gratulemur, genetricem
Vene remur cordis iubilo
Christum natum
Ado re mus nouo cantico.

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