A Babe In Bethlehem Is Born
For Christmas and Epiphany.
Words and Music: A 14th Century Latin Hymn.
Translator: Not Stated
See: Puer natus in Bethlehem - from Pić Cantiones, with notes and links to translations.
Source: The Hawaiian Hymnal (Honolulu, 1862), #33, pp. 42-43.
"Unto us a Child is born."
A Babe in Bethlehem is born,
And Salem greets the happy morn:
He in a narrow crib doth lie
Whose kingdom hath no boundary.
The ox, the ass, with one accord,
Confess that Babe to be the Lord:
While crowned kings from Saba bring
Gold, incense, myrrh, their offering.
They entering there, that threshold o'er,
Salute the young Prince and adore:
He comes—like us in flesh and blood,
Not in our sin's similitude;
Man's race unto His love to take,
Like God, and like Himself to make.
Then, magnify the Lord and bless,
In this His birth-day happiness.
Glory to Thee, O Lord of might,
An Infant born of Virgin bright:
Thee, Holy Trinity, we laud,
And give all thanks and praise to God. Amen.
This carol shares the same first line as one by W. J. Blew. However, the hymnal did not give the name of the translator.