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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 PiŠ Cantiones, with notes and links to translations.

Source: Maria Kohle, ed., Paderborner Gesangbuch 1628, Studien und Quellen zur westfńlischen Geschichte.  (Bonifatius, 1628), # 23, p. 49-52.

1. Puer natus in Bethlehem,
Vnde gaudet Jerusalem.
Deus amor, ˘ Deus amor,
Quam dulciter venis,
˘ Deus Amor.

2. Mater tua pudica virgo,
Peperit natum te sine viro,
Deus amor, ˘ Deus amor,
Matrem puram habes,
˘ Deus Amor.

3. In gremio filium posuit,
Lachrymas prŠ gaudio profudit,
Deus amor, ˘ Deus amor,
Solatium matris
˘ Deus Amor.

4. Joseph da feni manipulum
Vt sternam filio lecctulum,
Deus amor, ˘ Deus amor,
Hic lecturus runs,
˘ Deus Amor.

5. Pannis inuoluit infantalum,
And condidit in prŠsepium,
Deus amor, ˘ Deus amor,
PrŠsepium colis,
˘ Deus Amor.

6. Matrem aspexit infantulus
Patrem qvultu blandulus,
Deus amor, ˘ Deus amor,
Dulcedo parentum
˘ Deus Amor.

7. Joseph astantem attonitum,
Amor tenebat & gaudium,
Deus amor, ˘ Deus amor,
LŠtitia patris,
˘ Deus Amor.

8. Cor positum in prŠsepio,
Dilectulo tradit Filio,
Deus amor, ˘ Deus amor,
Quis dignete colat,
˘ Deus Amor.

9. O Bethlehem durissima,
Tuo Regi negas cunabula.
Deus amor, ˘ Deus amor,
Abiectio plebis.
˘ Deus Amor.

10. Hunc adorauit humiliter,
And Oscula lixit suauiter,
Deus amor, ˘ Deus amor,
DelitiŠ matris,
˘ Deus Amor.

11. Precare filium Maria,
Nobis remittat delicta.
Deus amor, ˘ Deus amor,
Tibi viuo, tibi morior,
˘ Deus Amor.

Editor's Note:

Similar carols include:

Puer natus from Messis Copiosa (Amsterdam, 1761), #43, p. 49.
Ten verses.

Puer natus in Bethlehem,
Unde gaudet Jerusalem.
Ď Deus, Ď amor,
Ď Deus, Ď amor,
Quam dulciter venis,
Ď Deus, Ď amor.

 

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Alte und Newe Geistliche Catholische (Zinck, 1630), Pages 52 & 53.

Puer natus in Bethlehem,
Vnde Gaudet Ierusalem,
Deus amor O Deus Amor,
Quam dulciter venis.
O deus Amor.

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Text from Philipp Wackernagel, Das deutsche Kirchenlied, Vol. 1. (Leipzig: Druct und Berlag von B. G. Leubner, 1864), #317, p. 201, 12 verses.

Puer natus in Bethlehem,
unde gaudet Ierusalem.
Deus amor, o deus amor,
quam dulciter venis,
O deus amor.

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