The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A Child Is Born In Bethlehem

For Christmas

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

Music: “A Child Is Born,” German (First Tune), with 'newly harmonized' Descant (Second Tune).

Source: J.F.W. Bullock and C.J. Ridsdale, eds., The New Office Hymn Book. Parts III and IV. (London: Novello and Company, Ltd., 1907), #36, p. 336.

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

Meter: 8,8

1. A Child is born in Bethlehem,
    Alleluia, Alleluia.
Rejoice, rejoice, Jerusalem.
    Alleluia, Alleluia.

2. He in a narrow crib doth lie,
    Alleluia, Alleluia.
Whose Kingdom hath no boundary.
    Alleluia, Alleluia.

3. The ox and ass with one accord
    Alleluia, Alleluia.
Confess that Babe to be the Lord.
    Alleluia, Alleluia.

4. While crowned Kings from Saba bring
    Alleluia, Alleluia.
Gold, incense, myrrh, their offering.
    Alleluia, Alleluia.

5. Born of a Virgin Mother mild,
    Alleluia, Alleluia.
Seed of the Woman, wondrous Child.
    Alleluia, Alleluia.

6. The Serpent's venom knows Him not,
    Alleluia, Alleluia.
Though of our blood His Blood He got.
    Alleluia, Alleluia.

7. Made like to us in human kin,
    Alleluia, Alleluia.
Unlike us in respect of sin;
    Alleluia, Alleluia.

8. That He might make us, sinful men,
    Alleluia, Alleluia.
Like God, and like Himself, again.
    Alleluia, Alleluia.

9. In this our Christmas happiness,
    Alleluia, Alleluia.
The Lord with festive hymns we bless.
    Alleluia, Alleluia.

10. The Holy Trinity be praised;
    Alleluia, Alleluia.
Glad thanks to God almighty raised.
    Alleluia, Alleluia.

Sheet Music from J.F.W. Bullock and C.J. Ridsdale, eds., The New Office Hymn Book. Parts III and IV. (London: Novello and Company, Ltd., 1907), #36, p. 336.

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