The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

On the Birthday of the Lord

Version 1

Words: "In natali Domini" (Version 1), Latin, XIVth Century
In natali Domini - Version 2
Translation: Rev. R. F. Littledale

Music: Rev. John Bacchus Dykes, Mus. Doc.

Source: Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old, First Series (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., 1871), Carol #13

1. On the Birthday of the Lord
Angels joy in glad accord,
And they sing in sweetest tone
Glory be to God alone,
Glory be to God alone.

Chorus
God is born of maiden fair,
Mary doth the Saviour bear;
Mary over pure, Mary over pure.

2. These good news an Angel told
To the shepherds by their fold,
Told them of the Saviourís Birth,
Told them of the joy for earth.
Told them of the joy for earth. Chorus

3. Born is now Emmanuel,
He, announced by Gabriel,
He, Whom Prophets old attest,
Cometh from His Fatherís Breast.
Cometh from His Fatherís Breast. Chorus

4. Born today is Christ the child,
Born of Mary undefiled,
Born the King and Lord we own;
Glory by to God alone.
Glory by to God alone. Chorus

Sheet Music from Bramley and Stainer

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Sheet Music from Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #127
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF / XML

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Compare:

On The Birthday Of The Lord - Version 2

On The Birthday Of The Lord - Version 3

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