Latinised Hymns

Angels, from the realms of glory

Angels, from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o'er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation's story,
Now proclaim Messiah's birth:
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the infant Light:

Sages, leave your contemplations;
Brighter visions beam afar:
Seek the great Desire of Nations:
Ye have seen his natal star:

Saints before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In his temple shall appear:

Though an infant now we view him,
He shall fill his Father's throne,
Gather all the nations to him;
Every knee shall then bow down:
Come and worship, etc.

J. Montgomery

Terram alites lustrate,
ex supernis Angeli,
natum Christum praedicate,
orbis ante nuntii:
Regem nuper genitum.

Qui per rura vigilatis
nocte servantes pecus,
Deo nunc cohabitatis:
Infans ecce lucidus!

Satis astra contemplati,
splendor novus emicat:
Gentium Cum Prece Nati*
stella vos, Magi, trahat:

Sancti, sacra coram sede
qui summittitis genu,
aderit repente in aede
exspectatus Is diu:

Sellam Patris occupabit,
quemque parvum vidimus,
gentes ille convocabit
omnipollens agnitus:
adorate etc.

MM 17–21.2.98

* Gentibus Desiderati