The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Puer Natus in Bethlehem

For Christmas and Epiphany.

Words and Music: A 14th Century Latin Hymn.

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

Source: J. B. S., and R. P., eds., Messis Copiosa; Dat is, Overvloedige Oogst, Der Geestelyke Gezangen. (Te Amsteldam: T. Crajeschot, 1761), #43, p. 49. Ten verses.

1. Puer natus in Bethlehem,
Unde gaudet Jerusalem.

Deus, amor,
Deus, amor,
Quam dulciter venis,
Deus, amor.

2. Te Mater casta peperit,
Qu Virgo semper perstitit.

Deus, amor,
Deus, amor,
O Virgo, Mater
Deus, amor.

3. Te brachiis amplectitur,
Et lachrymis perfunditur.

Deus, amor,
Deus, amor,
Solatium Matris,
Deus, amor.

4. Inveni hunc manipulum,
Ut sternam nato lectulum,

Deus, amor,
Deus, amor,
O lectus durus,
Deus, amor.

5. Involvit pannis filium,
Et condit in prsepium,

Deus, amor,
Deus, amor,
Prsepium vile,
Deus, amor.

6. Arridet Matri parvulus,
Patrique vultu blandulus,

Deus, amor,
Deus, amor,
Dulcedo Parentum,
Deus, amor.

7. Joseph pr magno gaudio
Stat similis attonito

Deus, amor,
Deus, amor,
Ltitia Patris
Deus, amor.

8. Inclinat te prsepio
et tradit cor Filiolo,

Deus, amor,
Deus, amor,
En habe me totum,
Deus, amor.

9. Bethlehem sic abjicis,
Et regem tuum despicis,

Deus, amor,
Deus, amor,
Abjectio plebis,
Deus, amor.

10. En Mater est in stabulo,
En prbet uber parvulo.

Deus, amor,
Deus, amor,
O uberum dulcor!,
Deus, amor.

Sheet Music to Puer Natus from Messis Copiosa (Amsterdam, 1761), #43, p. 49. Ten verses.

Puer_Natus-o_deus_amor-Messis-43-p49.jpg (51087 bytes)

Editor's Note:

There are a pair of similar carols in the collections that have been found.

Puer natus in Bethlehem
Vnde gaudet Jerusalem.
    Amor, Amor, Amor, Amor, Amor
    Quam dulcis est amor.

Collections include Das Paderborner Gesangbuch von 1609, #13-3 & #20, Das Paderborner Gesangbuch, 1628, #23, and Wackernagel #316.

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

Collections include Wackernagel #317, Das Paderborner Gesangbuch, 1628, #23, Alte und Newe, pp. 52 & 53, et al.

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