The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

 Ad cantum leticie

Latin words from a XIII Cent. MS. at Stuttgardt: and music as arranged for two voices in Piae Cantiones, A.D. 1582. English words by the Rev. G. R. Woodward.

Notes and Source: George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1901, Revised and Expanded Edition), Carol #40

1. Ad cantum leticie
Nos invitat hodie
Spes et amor patrie
Celestis.

2. Natus est Emmanuel,
Quem predixit Gabriel,
Unde sanctus Daniel
Est testis.

3. Ergo nostra concio
Psallens cum tripudio,
Benedicat Domino
His festis.

The same in English.

1. Love and hope of heav'nly rest,
And the song of such as fest
To-day bid us do our best
Endeavour.

2. Born is our Emmanuel
As foretold by Gabriel,
E'en as doth Saint Daniel
Assever.

3. Wherefore let th'assembly all
Bless, in carol and choral,
Jesus on this festival,
And ever.

Sheet Music from George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1902, Revised and Expanded Edition 1929), Carol #40
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