The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Son Of The Father Of Heavenly Bliss

Alternate Title: Verbum Patris hodie processit ex virgine


Words: English Traditional, Before 14536

Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), p. 185.

1. The Son of the Father of heavenly bliss
Was born (on1) this day, I will not miss,
Man from thraldom to relieve and release,
    Processit ex virgine.

2. He was born of a virgin pure,
Not knowing a man, as I you asure;
But all only by heavenly cure
    Processit ex virgine.

3. Gabriel the angel met
Mary kneeling in her closet;
Now is fulfilled what said the prophet:
    Processit ex virgine.

4. Man, be glad, thou hast a cause why
To thank our Lord God that is on high;
For thee to suffer and for to die,
    Processit ex virgine.


1. Text: as. Return

Translation from Rickert: Verbum Patris hodie processit ex virgine is translated as "The Word of the Father proceedeth this day from a virgin."

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