The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

In The Ending Of The Year

In hoc anni circulo
See also: Verbum caro factum est de virgin

For Christmas

Words: In hoc anni circulo, German Anonymous, ca. 12th Century, translated by Rev. John Mason Neale who noted "One of the most popular of Christmas Carols, and is found with greater variations than almost any other. There is scarcely a European language which has not had an ancient translation."

Music: Rev. Thomas Helmore, Piae Cantiones, 1582.
 Melody below from the Jistebnicz Kantional, circa 1420, taken from G. M. Dreves' Cantiones Bohemicae, and harmonized by Rev. G. R. Woodward.

Source: Collected Hymns, Sequences and Carols (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1914), from John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore, Carols for Christmas-tide (London: Novello, 1853).

Other Notes: George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1902, Revised and Expanded Edition 1929), Carol #13

Compare: 
In The Ending Of The Year - Version 2, an adaptation of Neale's translation from Medieval Hymns by George Radcliffe Woodward, ed., Songs of Syon (1908)
In The Ending Of The Year - Version 3 by John Mason Neale, Medieval Hymns (1863)

1. In the ending of the year
Life and light to man appear;
And the Holy Babe is here,
                                De Virgine;
And the Holy Babe is here,
                                De Virgine Mariā.

2. What in ancient days was slain
This day calls to life again;
God is coming, God shall reign,
                                De Virgine;
God is coming, God shall reign,
                                De Virgine Mariā.

3. From the desert grew the corn,
Sprang the lily from the thorn,
When the Infant King was born
                                De Virgine;
When the Infant King was born
                                De Virgine Mariā.

4. On the straw He lays His head,
Hath a manger for His bed,
Thirsts and hungers and is fed
                                De Virgine;
Thirsts and hungers and is fed
                                De Virgine Mariā.

5. Angel hosts His praises sing,
Three Wise men their off'rings bring,
Ox and ass adore the King,
                                Cum Virgine;
Ox and ass adore the King,
                                Cum Virgine Mariā.

6. Wherefore let us all to-day
Banish sorrow far away,
Singing and exulting aye,
                                Cum Virgine;
Singing and exulting aye,
                                Cum Virgine Mariā.

Sheet Music from John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore, Carols for Christmas-tide: The Condensed Vocal Parts (London: Novello, 1854), pp. 27-30.

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Sheet Music from George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1902, Revised and Expanded Edition 1929), Carol #13
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Note From Rev. Neale.

In the notes to the first carol, "Here Is Joy For Every Age," Rev. Neale noted: "A translation, or free imitation, as are most (in this collection.)" In the Preface to the First Edition, Rev. Neale wrote that only Good King Wenceslas and Toll! Toll! are original.

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