The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A Babe In Bethlehem Is Born

For Christmas and Epiphany.

Words and Music: A 14th Century Latin Hymn.

Translator: Not Stated

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

Source: The Hawaiian Hymnal (Honolulu, 1862), #33, pp. 42-43.

"Unto us a Child is born."

A Babe in Bethlehem is born,
And Salem greets the happy morn:

He in a narrow crib doth lie
Whose kingdom hath no boundary.

The ox, the ass, with one accord,
Confess that Babe to be the Lord:

While crowned kings from Saba bring
Gold, incense, myrrh, their offering.

They entering there, that threshold o'er,
Salute the young Prince and adore:

He comes—like us in flesh and blood,
Not in our sin's similitude;

Man's race unto His love to take,
Like God, and like Himself to make.

Then, magnify the Lord and bless,
In this His birth-day happiness.

Glory to Thee, O Lord of might,
An Infant born of Virgin bright:

Thee, Holy Trinity, we laud,
And give all thanks and praise to God. Amen.

Editor's Note:

This carol shares the same first line as one by W. J. Blew. However, the hymnal did not give the name of the translator.

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