The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Eya ! Jesus Hodie

For Christmas

Words: English, 15th Century

Source: James Rankin, The Creed in Scotland (Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1890), pp. 131-132, citing Sloane MS., 2593, British Museum.

Eya ! Jesus Hodie.

Eya ! Jesus hodie natus est de Yirgine.
Blessed be that maid Mary,
Born He was of her body,
God's own Son that sat on high.
Non ex virili semine.

In a manger of an ass
Jesus lay, and lulled was,
Pain and anguish for to pass
Pro peccante homine.

Kings then came from divers land,
"With great offerings in their hand,
In Bedlem the Childe they fande
Stellae ducti lumine.

Man and chyld, both old and ying.
Now in His blissful coming,
To that holy Babe we sing,
Gloria Tibi, Domine!

Nowell, nowell in this hall,
Make merrye I pray you all ;
Unto that Chylde may we call
UUo sine crimine.
Eya ! Jesus hodie natus est de Virgine.


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