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.

Source: Philip Stanhope Worsley, Poems and Translations. Second Edition, Enlarged. (Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1875), pp. 203-204.

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

Meter: 8,8

1. A child is born in Bethlehem 
And joy is in Jerusalem. 

2. His form a stable doth defend 
Whose kingdom is without an end. 

3. Well did the creatures of the stall 
Know in that Child the Lord of all. 

4. There the Sabaean Kings unfold 
Gifts of myrrh, frankincense, and gold. 

5. Each as he enters at the door 
Kneeleth the new-born Prince before. 

6. The Virgin's womb He doth not scorn, 
Without man's seed conceived and born. 

7. He blood of our own blood did spring, 
Yet scathless of the Serpent's sting. 

8. Like unto us without, within, 
Save only in the stamp of sin. 

9. Sent to reclaim our race o'erthrown, 
Into God's likeness and His own. 

10. Exulting in this glorious birth 
Bless we the Lord of heaven and earth. 

11. Praise to the Holy Trinity ! 
Thanksgiving unto God most High ! 

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