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In hoc anni circulo

For Christmas

Words: Anonymous, "Probably of the XIIth Century"
Also found as Verbum caro factum est, Ex virgine Maria, from Woodward, Pię Cantiones (1910) & Klemming, 1886, 5 verses, with additional translations.
And see In Hoc Anni Circulo-Du Meril, 1854, 19 verses
Compare: See the Word Our Flesh Become (“Verbum caro factum est”)

Translations:
In The Ending Of The Year - Version 1 by John Mason Neale from Carols for Christmas-tide
In The Ending Of The Year -  Version 2 by John Mason Neale Alt. by George R. Woodward
In The Ending Of The Year - Version 3 by John Mason Neale, Medieval Hymns

Music: "Original Melody.
Harmonized by H. R. Schroeder."

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), #73, pp. 114-5.

1. In hoc anni circulo
Vita datur fęculo,
Nato nobis parvulo
Per virginem Mariam.
    Verbum caro factum est
    Per virginem Mariam.

2. Quod vetustas suffocat
Hoc ad vitam revocat,
Nam se Deus collocat
Per virginem Mariam.
    Verbum caro factum est
    Per virginem Mariam.

3. Adam pomo vescitur,
Et sudor repellitur
Sui vultus hodie
Per virginem Mariam.
    Verbum caro factum est
    Per virginem Mariam.

4. Noe, pro diluvio
Clauso fortis ostio,
Arcam intrat hodie
Per virginem Mariam.
    Verbum caro factum est
    Per virginem Mariam.

5. Serpens ille, callidus
Cunctis animalibus,
Suffocatur hdie
Per virginem Mariam.
    Verbum caro factum est
    Per virginem Mariam.

6. Stella solem protulit,
Sol salutem contulit,
Nihil tamen abstulit
Per virginem Mariam.
    Verbum caro factum est
    Per virginem Mariam.

7. Puer circumciditur,
Sanguis ejus sunditur,
Vita restituitur
Per virginem Mariam.
    Verbum caro factum est
    Per virginem Mariam.

8. In pręsepe ponitur
Et a brutis colitur,
Matris velo tegitur
Per virginem Mariam.
    Verbum caro factum est
    Per virginem Mariam.

9. Ab angelis concinitur,
Gloria et pax dicitur,
A pastoribus quęritur
Cum virgine Mariam.
    Verbum caro factum est
    Per virginem Mariam.

10. Joseph nato fruitur,
Natus lacte pascitur,
Vagit, plorat, tegitur
Per virginem Mariam.
    Verbum caro factum est
    Per virginem Mariam.

11. Ergo nostra concio
Omni plena gaudio,
Psallat cum tripudio
Cum virgine Mariam.
    Verbum caro factum est
    Per virginem Mariam.

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), #73, pp. 114-5.

"Original Melody
Harmonized by H. R. Schrœder"

From Theodoric Petri, ed., Pię Cantiones Ecclesiasticae et Scholasticae Veterum Episcoporum. (Gyphisuualdię: Augustinum Ferberum, 1582)

Sheet Music and Notes from Rev. George R. Woodward, ed., Pię Cantiones. A Collection of Church & School Song, chiefly Ancient Swedish, originally Published in A. D. 1582 by Theodoric Petri of Nyland. (London: Printed at the Chiswick Press for the Plainsong & Medieval Music Society, 1910), Carol #2, pp.  2-3 (five verses and refrain), Notes pp. 205-206.

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See: The Christmas Songs in Woodward's Pię Cantiones (1910)

Note:

Some sources have given the title as "in hoc anno circulo," and a few have ascribed it to Jacopone. Neale writes in "Medieval Hymns" that the source is German, possibly the 12th century, and that the earliest popular translation is In des Jahres Zirclikeit. He does not give the title of the other German translation that he is aware of. The lines "in hoc anni circulo" are from the hymn Verbum caro factum est, Ex virgine Maria. In his notes to the latter, John Julian notes that "This hymn exists in a great variety of texts... The two lines above are used in some cases as the introduction, and line 2 as the refrain." (Dictionary of Hymnology, 1907, p. 1216).

Additional notes are found in Verbum caro factum est, Ex virgine Maria.

Sources of Latin hymns found in Piae Cantiones:

Copies of many of these works are available at the Internet Archive and Google Books.

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