The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Unto Us A Child Is Born

For Christmas

Words: Puer Nobis Nascitur, Authorship Unknown, Trier MS, 15th Century
Translator: Rev. John Fulton

Compare: Unto Us Is Born A Son - Version 1
Unto Us Is Born A Son - Version 2

Music: Puer Nobis Nascitur, Anonymous, 15th Century
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Sources: O. Hardwig, ed., Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #100, verses 1, 2, 5.
J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #56, p. 88:verses 3 and 4.

1. Unto us a Child is born,
    Christians, hear the story;
In this world our flesh is worn,
    By Christ, the Lord of glory.

2. In a manger He is laid,
    Where the kine are sleeping;
Angels recognize their Lord,
    And o'er Him watch are keeping,

3. Haughty Herod trembles now,
    Great his fear and sorrow;
Bethl'em's Infants he will slay
    Before the dawn to-morrow.

4. Jesu, born of Virgin Maid,
    In Thy visitation
Shew Thy mercy, Lord, on us,
    And grand us Thy salvation.

5. Alpha and Omega, Thine
    Be this day our chorus;
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
    Now let Thy grace be o'er us.

Sheet Music from O. Hardwig, ed., The Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #100

Sheet Music "Carol for Children" from J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #56, p. 88.

"Original Melody.
Harmonized by H. R. Schrúder"

Earthly Delights: Xmas Carols

This carol is a loose translation of the Latin song Puer Nobis Nascitur. This song was used in the medieval liturgy and was found in the 14th century German manuscript, the Moosburg Gradual, in a 15th century Trier manuscript and in the 16th century Finnish collection Piae Cantiones. The English translation used [at this site] was made by Percy Dearmer for the 1928 The Oxford Book of Carols. Another commonly used translations is by G. R. Woodward, [Unto Us Is Born A Son; see link above].

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