The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christo incarnato!

Christ Incarnate!

Behold the Godhead's Triune Blaze

En Trinitatis speculum

For Christmas

Words: En Trinitatis speculum from Michael Praetorius' Musae Sionae, 1609.

Translation by the Rev. J. O'Connor

Music: From Michael Praetorius' Musae Sionae, 1609.

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #140, pp. 6-7.

1. En Trinitatis speculum
Illustravit seculum,
Eja cordialiter.
Jubilemus pariter,
Taliter, hilariter,
Infantulo con cinite,
Christo incarnato, Deo Humanto.

1. Behold the Godhead's Triune blaze
Shineth on our waning days.
Let us free, in minstrelsy,
Souls of glee together we,
Even so sing high, sing low
A song to please the little One.

Christo incarnato, Deo Humanto.

2. En Virgo Dei filium
Parit primogenitum,
Nascitur aetheresis,
Canticis et modulis,
Canite et psallite,
Voces puras attollite,
Christo incarnato, Deo Humanto.

2. Behold a virgin hath a Son
God the Father's only one
Airy music sounds for Him
Shepherd reed and Seraphim
We will sing to tuneful string
Uplifting sinless syllabing
Christo incarnato, Deo Humanto.

3. Hic jacet in cunabulis
Puer admirabilis,
Deo coelo landabilis
Et totus amabilis,
Taliter, Hilariter,
Infantulo concinite,
Christo incarnato, Deo Humanto.

3. He lies here in the swaddling bands
Born a king o'er all the lands
Heaven in His throne above
Nought of ours He craves but love
Even so sing high sing low
A song to please the little One
Christo incarnato, Deo Humanto.

 

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #140, pp. 6-7.

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