The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Dies est lętitię

For Christmas

Words and Music: From XIIIth - XIVth Century
Compare: Dies est lętitię, with notes, from
Woodward, Pię Cantiones, and R. R. Terry, Old Christmas Carols

Source: J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #71, pp. 110-1

1. Dies est lętitię
In ortu regali,
Nam processit hodie
Ventre virginali
Peur admirabilis,
Totus delectabilis
In humanitate,
Qui inęstimabilis
Est et ineffabilis
In divinitate.

2. Orto Dei filio
Virgine de pura,
Ut rosa de lilio,
Stupescit natura,
Quem parit juvencula
Natum ante sęcula
Creatorem rerum,
Quod uber muniditiae
Lac dat pueritię
Antiquo dierum.

3. Ut vitrum non lęditur
Sole penetrante,
Sic illęsa creditur
Virgo post et ante.
Felix est puerpera,
Cojus casta viscera
Deum genuerunt,
Et beata ubera
In ętate tenera
Christum lactaverunt.

4. Christe, qui nos manibus
Propriis fecisti,
Et pro nobis omnibus
Nasci voluisti,
Te devote poscimus,
Laxa, quod peccavimus,
Non sinas perire
Post mortem nos miseros,
Sed tecum ad superos
Facias venire.

Sheet Music 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), #71, pp. 110-1.

"Original Melody.
Harmonized by Hermann R. Schrœder"

Note:  Hopkins includes Royal Day That Chasest Gloom by Rev. John Mason Neale, Carols for Christmas-tide, 1853, from Piae Cantiones, 1582.

Some sources of Latin hymns found in Piae Cantiones:

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