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 Piæ Cantiones, with notes and links to translations.

Source: Johann Friedrich Burg, Allgemeines und vollständiges Evangelisches Gesang-Buch (Breslan, 1860), #393, pp. 227-228. Latin and German. 10 verses.

1. Puer natus in Bethlehem, Bethlehem,
Unde gaudet Jerusalem. Halle-Halleluia!

2. Hic jacet in praesepio, praesepio,
Qui regnat sine termino. Halle-Halleluia!

3. Cognovit bos et asinus, asinus,
Quod puer erat Dominnus. Halle-Halleluia!

4. Reges de Saba veniunt, veniunt,
Aurum, thus, myrrham offerunt. Halle-Halleluia!

5. Ex matre natus virgine, virgine,
Sine virili semine. Halle-Halleluja!

6. Sine serpentis vulnere, vulnere,
de nostro venit sanguine. Halle-Halleluja!

7. In carne nobis similis, similis,
Peccato sed dissimilis. Halle-Halleluja!

8. Ut redderet nos homines, homines,
Deo et sibi similes. Halle-Halleluia!

9. In hoc natali gaudio, gaudio,
Benedicamus Domino. Halle-Halleluia!

10. Laudeatur sancta Trinitas, Trinitas,
Deo dicamus gratias. Halle-Halleluia!

Editor's Note:

Identical to Leisentrit, except "Halle-Halleluia!" instead of "Alle, Alleluia," which is the form found in Bapst.

See: Leisentrit's Puer Natus and Bapst's Puer Natus.

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