The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

See the Word Our Flesh Become

Verbum caro factum est

For Christmas

Words and melody from the Selden MS. (Selden MS. B.26 f. 24v & Selden MS. B.26 f. 25 ), Bodleian Library.
English Translation by the Rev. J. O'Connor

Part II.
Part I of this carol is “From the Royal Shepherd's Line” (“David ex proginie”)

See: Verbum caro factum est de virgin from Klemming, 1886 (five verses),
& In hoc anni circulo (11 verses)

& In Hoc Anni Circulo-Du Meril, 1854 (19 verses)

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #177, p. 13.

See the Word our flesh become,
And among us make His home
Alleluya. Alleluya.

Verbum caro factum est;
Habitavit in nobis
Alleluya. Alleluya.

Lo! the Lord hath made it known,
His undreamed salvation.
Alleluya. Alleluya.

Notum fecit Dominus
Salutare suum
Alleluya. Alleluya.

Nigh to me, He called on me,
Thou my Sire eternally.
Alleluya. Alleluya.

Prope invocavit me,
Pater meus es tu.
Alleluya. Alleluya.


Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #177, pp. 12-13.

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Note by Rev. Terry.

* As the tune of Part I is uninteresting I have set both parts of the carol to the tune of Part II.

Notes by Rev. Terry Concerning The Music:

1. This chord is for verse 2 (Latin) only. [See sheet music.]

Sheet Music from Sir Richard Runciman Terry, A Medieval Carol Book: The Melodies Chiefly from MMS. in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1932), Carol #6, pp. 12-13.

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Editor's Note:

The Selden Manuscript was one of the sources for A Medieval Carol Book by Rev. Terry. Scans of the manuscript pages are on-line at the Bodleian Library; see Selden MS B26 (opens in a new window at an exterior site).

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