The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle

An Italian Carol

Based on the poem, "Tu scendi dalle Stelle," by Pope Pius IX (1846-1878) and set to a melody by Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787). The melody is closely related to the Neapolitan "Carol of the Bagpipers" (Canzone d'l Zampognari).

The melody is closely related to the Neapolitan "Carol of the Bagpipers."
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer
MIDI sequenced by Bill Egan

1. Tu scendi dalle stelle
O Re del Cielo
E vieni in una grotta
Al freddo al gelo

2. O Bambino mio Divino
Io ti vedo qui a tremar,
O Dio Beato
Ah, quanti ti costo
L'avermi amato

3. A te che sei del mondo,
Il creatore
Mancano panni e fuoco,
O mio Signore

4. Caro eletto, Pargoletto,
Quanto questa povertÓ,
Piu m'innamora
Giacche ti fece
Amor povero ancora


Some sources give authorship of the poem to St. Alphonsus, as well as credit for composing the music.

Translations include "From Starry Skies Thou Comest", "From Starry Skies Descending", "You Came a Star from Heaven" (copyright Richard Summerbell), "You come down from the stars". The first link and the last two links open in a new page at an external site.

See A Garritan Community Christmas for an MP3:
Tu scendi dalle Stelle, Fabio Vicentini

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