The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

All of a Maid a Child is Born

For Christmas

" Gloomy night embraced the place,
Where the noble Infant lay ;
The Babe looked up and showed His Faceó
In spite of darkness it was day;
It was Thy Day, Sweet, and did rise,
Not from the East, but from Thine Eyes."
Richard Crashaw.

Words: From a MS. in Brit. Mus., circa a.d. 1460.

Music: Arthur H. Brown.

Source: Arthur H. Brown, ed., In Excelsis Gloria-Carols for Christmastide (London: Thomas Bosworth & Co., 1885), Carol #10, p. 20-21.

1. All of a Maid a Child is born,
For our salvation and for us,
Now may we sing both night and morn,
Veni Creator Spiritus.1

Chorus:
All of a Maid a Child is born,
For our salvation and for us,
Now may we sing both night and morn,
Veni Creator Spiritus.

2. At Bethlehem, that blessed place,
The Child of Bliss thus born He was;
To serve Him ever give us grace,
O Lux, Beata Trinitas,2
    Cho, At Bethlehem, &c.

3. Three Kings out of the East came thence,
All worshipping that King so free,
With Gold, and Myrrh, and Frankincense,
A solis ortus cardine,3
    Cho. Three Kings, &c.

4. To herdsmen then an Angel said,
And sweet and merrily sang he;
O why are ye so sore afraid,
Jam lucis orto sidere.4
    Cho, To herdsmen, &c.

5. That Angel sang in accents mild,
As joyfully as song could be ;
All in the worship of that Child,
Gloria Tibi Domine.5
    Cho, That Angel, &c.

Footnotes:

1. Come, Holy Ghost. Return

2. O Light, O Blessed Trinity. Return

3. Spring from the sunrise. Return

4. The Star of Light already being born. Return

5. Glory be to Thee, O Lord. Return

Sheet Music from Arthur H. Brown, ed., In Excelsis Gloria-Carols for Christmastide (London: Thomas Bosworth & Co., 1885), Carol #10, p. 20-21.

all of a maid pp 20-21.jpg (107782 bytes)

Print Page Return Home Page Close Window

If you would like to help support Hymns and Carols of Christmas, please click on the button below and make a donation.


Related Hymns and Carols