The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A Boy Is Born In Bethlehem

Puer natus in Bethlehem

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Words and Music: Puer natus in Bethlehem, a 14th Century Latin Hymn
See Puer natus in Bethlehem from Dreves, with notes.

Latin Words: Guido Maria Dreves, S.J. (1854-1909), ed., Analecta Hymnica Medii Aevi. Vol. 1. Cantiones Bohemicae. Leiche, Leider und Rufe des 13., 14., und 15. Jahhunderts. (Leipzig : O. R. Reisland, 1886), Hymn #178, pp. 163-164. Link is to the Internet Archive.

English Translation by the Rev. J. O'Connor

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #149, pp. 24-25.

Music: "Puer Natus in Bethlehem"
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Meter: 8,8

1. Puer natus in Bethlehem,
Undegaudet Jerusalem.
Assumpsit carnem Filius
Dei Patris altissimus.
Per Gabrielem nuntium,
Virgo concepit Filium.

2. Tamquam sponsus de thalamo 
Processit matris utero. 
Ponitur in praesepio, 
Qui regnat sine termino. 
Cognovit bos et asinus, 
Quod puer erat dominus.

3. Reges de Saba veniunt, 
Aurum, thus, myrrham offerunt. 
Intrantes domum invicem 
Novum salutant principem. 
Trino uni sempiterno 
Benedicamus Domino.

1 A Boy is born in Bethlehem
And joy is in Jerusalem.
For God's all high and holy Son
Has deigned to put our manhood on.
Since Gabriel to Mary said
To mother God and still be maid.

2. As bridegroom from the nuptial room 
He came from out His mother's womb. 
And here within a manger lies
Who reigns for ever in the skies. 
To shepherds angels sang the word 
How that this Babe is Christ the Lord.

3. From Saba come the Kings foretold 
And offer incense, myrrh and gold. 
They enter by the lowly door
And all the new-born Prince adore. 
The Blessed Trinity we praise
And all say Deo Gratias!

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #149, pp. 24-25.

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