The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Son of God (And Sooth I Say)

Natus est Dei Filius

For Christmas

(From a Narbonne Missal. A.D. 1528)

Source: G. R. Woodward, ed., The Hymns and Carols for Christmas-tide (London: H. Grice, 1897), Carol #28, p. 37.

The Son of God, (and sooth I'say) Alle-Alleluya,
The King of bliss is born today. Alleluya.

His glory simple herdmen see: Alle-Alleluya,
Not so with men of high degree. Alleluya.

In narrow cradle him behold, Alle-Alleluya,
Whom heaven itself can no-wise hold. Alleluya.

The star of Bethlehem shineth fiar: Alle-Alleluya,
Sweet fruit our Jesse-tree doth bear. Alleluya.

Came princes three from Eastern-land, Alle-Alleluya,
Gold, frankincense and myrrh in hand. Alleluya.

The legal knife, with pain full sore, Alle-Alleluya,
But eight days old, our Saviour bore. Alleluya.

Soon Mary to the temple went, Alle-Alleluya,
To God her first-born to present. Alleluya.

Old Symeon, embrace thy King, Alle-Alleluya,
Then Nunc dimittis sweetly sing. Alleluya.

In river Jordan, on a day, Alle-Alleluya,
He washed our stains of sin away. Alleluya.

At Cana first, by word divine, Alle-Alleluya,
Lo! Water reddened into wine. Alleluya.

Anon he made the dumb to talk, Alle-Alleluya,
The blind to see, the lame to walk. Alleluya.

Then let the Court of Christ the King Alle-Alleluya,
In glory
Alleluya sing. Alleluya.

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