A Child For Us is Born This Day
For Christmas and Circumcision
Words: Puer nobis nascitur
Translation: Author unknown. Evening Office, 1748.
Source: Orby Shipley, Annus Sanctus: Hymns of the Church for the Ecclesiastical Year. Vol. 1. (London and New York: Burns and Oates, 1884), p. 40.
A Child for us is born this day, The angels' king is he ; The Lord who over all has sway, Nurst here vouchsafes to be. In a manger where asses fed This divine Child is laid ; Whom they as Christ acknowledged, As king and Lord obeyed. With joy the angels filled were, And with the Lord do sing ; 'Glory to God above the sphere' In tuneful notes does ring. Then Herod, who with fear was seized, His envy great displays ; With slaughtered babes must be appeased, Whose gore his fear allays. Thou who wast born as on this day Of Virgin Mary pure, Lead and conduct us in the way To joys which e'er endure. O Virgin-flower of virgins blest, Pardon for us obtain, That we our Lord in heavenly rest May bless and bless again.
Note from Shipley:
42. Puer nobis hascitur. Ancient prose. A Child for us is born this day. Evening Office, 1748. Author unknown. 40