The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hail! Eternal Son, To-day

Words: George R. Woodward

Compare: Hail! Eternal Son, To Thee

Source: Rev. George R. Woodward, The Babe Of Bethlehem, Being Some Christmas Carols (48 West Hill, Highgate Village, 1923), #08

1. Hail! Eternal Son, to-day
Born of Mary maiden ay;
Straw thy bed, thy pillow hay.

Eya, eya, eya;
Domini natalia
Recolat ecclesia.

2. Angel-army, found your horn,
Chanting on this holy morn,
‘God in Bethlehem is born.’

Eya, eye, eya;
In excelsis gloria:
In terris concordia.

3. Shine in Eastern sky, thou Star,
Pointing to that house afar,
Wherein Babe and Mother are.

Eya, eya, eya;
Puer idem varia
Fecit luminaria.

4. Hitherward! Ye Princes iij,
Worship him.
Though poor he be,
Lord, and King of kings is he.

Eya, eya, eya;
in celesti patria
Vestra sors palacia.

5. Herdmen, leave your flocks, and run
To adore the Holy One,
God, the Father’s only Son.

Eya, eye, eye;
Qii creavit omnia,
Eius haec solempnia.

6. Ass, with ox that hauleth plow,
Fore thy Master, cradled now
In the manger, bend and bow.

Eya, eya, eya; ;
Inter animalie
Patrem paris filia.

7. Joseph, many of high degree,
King and Seer, have long’d to fee
Whom thou seest on Mary’s knee.

Eya, eya, eya;
Deus, tuos visita,
Et nobiscum habita
.

8. Now, good people, all of ye,
Magnify, with maid Marie,
Christ and his Nativitie.

Eya, eya, eya;
Sociate musica
Christi Natalitia.

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