Medley of early carols (James W. Keefe)

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  • (Posted 2012-09-15)  CPDL #27166:        (Finale 2011)
Editor: James W. Keefe (submitted 2012-09-15).   Score information: Letter, 18 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: Medley of Early Carols
Composers: Michael Praetorius and Traditional
Arranger: James W. Keefe

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2008
Description: Medley includes:

  • Psallite Unigenito, Michael Praetorius, 1609;
  • While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night, Michael Praetorius;
  • Now the Holly Bears a Berry (Sans Day Carol), English Traditional; and
  • Past Three O'Clock, English Tradional.

External websites:

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin, German.png German and English.png English text

Psallite, unigenito
Christo, Dei Filio, Christo Dei Filio,
Redemptori Domino, puerulo, iacenti in praesepio.
‘’Ein kleines Kindelein liegt in dem Krippelein;
Alle liebe Engelein dienen dem Kindelein.’’

Original text and translations may be found at While shepherds watched their flocks by night.


Now the Holly bears a berry as white as the milk
and Mary bore Jesus, all wrapped up in silk.
R.: And Mary bore Jesus Christ our Saviour for to be
and the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly.

Past three o'clock and a cold frosty morning,
Past three o'clock, good morrow masters all!

Born is a baby, gentle as may be,
Son of the eternal, Father supernal.