To Us A Little Child Is Born
Words: Ons is gheboren een kindekijn, Dutch Carol of the 15th Century
Words translated by the Rev. John O'Connor
Music: Traditional Dutch Carol
Compare: To Us A Little Child Is Born | Parvulus nobis nascitur
Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #114, p. 9.
1. To us a little
Child is born;
To us a Son is given,
That shall atone for all our scorn
And bring us all to heaven.
2. When Jesus Christ
was born today
In poor rags He lay sleeping
The one was gay the other was gray
His little feet were peeping.
3. The ox was there,
the ass was there
They could not say their greeting,
But when He came their crib to claim
At once they left their feeding.
4. The ox and ass made
When Jesus lay between them,
And since they both dumb beasts were
Keep all their joy within them.
5. [Et] O et
O et gloria!
Was e'er love more tender?
This Baby puts our dimness on
That we may wear His splendour.
Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #114, p. 9.
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