The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

On The Birthday Of The Lord

Version 2

For Christmas

Words: "In natali Domini" (Version 1), Latin, XIVth Century
In natali Domini - Version 2

Music: XIV Cent. Melody, in the Dorian Mode, Nürnberg Gesangbuch, 1544. Harmonized by the Rev. G. H. Palmer.

Notes and Source: George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1902, Revised And Enlarged Edition, 1929), Carol #17

1. On the birthday of the Lord
Angel Quires with one accord
Sing In dulci jubilo,
'Gloria uni Deo!'

Chorus
God of Mary maid is born.
Christ is Mary's Son to-morn:
Mother she, yet maiden aye.

2. Tidings true an Angel told
Certain shepherds on the wold,
Tidings great and full of glee --
Christ, and His nativity. Chorus

3. Born is our Emmanuel,
As foretold by Gabriel,
Witness'd of Ezechiel,
From the Father forth-faring. Chorus

4. Christus natus hodie
Ex Maria Virgine:
Gender'd not of mortal seed,
God to-day is Man indeed. Chorus

5. Princes three in worship bend,
Incense, gold, and myrrh present:
King of kings, above, below,
Gloria uni Deo! Chorus

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 Enlarged Edition, 1929), Carol #17
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Also found in G. R. Woodward, ed., The Hymns and Carols for Christmas-tide (London: H. Grice, 1897), Carol #6, p. 15. This text had this change:

5. Magi three in worship bend.

Rev. Woodward noted "In Daniel. xiv century." I believe that the reference to "Daniel" refers to Dr. Hermann Adalbert Daniel, Thesaurus hymnologicus sive Hymnorum. Five Volumes. (Hallis: Sumptius Eduardi Anton, 1841-1856).

Compare:

On The Birthday Of The Lord - Version 1

On The Birthday Of The Lord - Version 3

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