The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Infant 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: William Walsham How, Ashton Oxenden, John Ellerton, eds., The Children's Hymn Book (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1881), #413, p. 483. Referred to as “Mrs. Carey Brock's Children's Hymn Book” by Dr. John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1892).

Music: "Puer Natus in Bethlehem"
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Meter: 8,8

1. Infant born in Bethlehem,
Born to save Jerusalem.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

2. In the manger see Him lie,
Him who reigns above the sky.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

3. Ox and ass behold His Face,
Son of God and King of grace.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

4. Eastern sages to their King
Gold and myrrh and incense bring,
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

5. Entering in they bow before
Him Who reigns for evermore.
Alleluia ! Alleluia ! Alleluia!

6. Of a lowly virgin born ;
Wound of serpent doth He scorn
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

7. To our flesh He entered in,
Like to us in all but sin.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

8. Back for God He did us buy ;
We for Him must live and die'.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

9. On His birthday we rejoice,
Praise our God with heart and voice.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

10. Glory to the Virgin-born
Come to us on Christmas morn.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

11. Praise to God Who sent His Son,
Praise the holy Three in One.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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