The Saviour of the world is born (Gustav Holst)

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  • (Posted 2002-10-04)  CPDL #04051:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2002-10-04).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: public domain in US, for US distribution only. :UPDATE: Holst's works are now out of copyright in the UK and possibly other European countries as well. Please refer to this page for more information.

General Information

Title: Saviour of the World was Born, The
Composer: Gustav Holst
Lyricist: Anonymous

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

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1907 in Four Old English Carols, no. 4
Description: #4 of 'Four Old English Carols'

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Original text and translations

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In Bethlehem, that noble place,
As by prophecy said it was,
Of the Virgin Mary, full of grace,
Salvator mundi natus est.
Be we merry in this feast
In quo Salvator natus est.

On Christmas night an Angel it told
To the shepherds keeping their fold
That in Bethlehem with beats wolde, (wild)
Salvator mundi natus est.

The shepherds were compassed right,
About them was a great light,
“Dread ye naught,” said the Angel bright,
Salvator mundi natus est.

“Behold! To you we bring great joy.
For why? Jesus is born to-day
Of Mary that mild may, (maid)
Salvator mundi natus est.

“And thus in faith find it ye shall,
Lying poorly in an ox's stall.”
The shepherds then lauded God all,
Quia Salvator mundi natus est.
Be we merry in this feast
In quo Salvator natus est.