Childing of a maiden bright (Anonymous)

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Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: CC BY 1.0
Edition notes: arranged by Rev. G. H. Palmer

General Information

Title: Childing of a Maiden Bright
Composer: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Languages: English, Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1902 in The Cowley Carol Book

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Original text and translations

English.png English and Latin.png Latin text

1. Childing of a maiden bright
Life today hath brought to light;
And hath put that prince of might
With his flock of fiends to flight:
Christus natus hodie.

2. Whoso aught hath done amiss,
An it rue him sore for this,
Mary's Babe will shrive i-wis,
Gentle as a lamb He is:
Miserere, Domine.

3. He at Bethlehem was born,
Salem gave Him crown of thorn,
Life of want and death of score --
All for love of man forlorn.
Ergo benedicite.

4. On this Infant may we call,
Born for man in oxen-stall:
He vouchsafe us bliss withal
In His everlasting hall.
Cum Maria Virgine.