Latinised Hymns

Behold, the great Creator makes

Behold, the great Creator makes
Himself a house of clay,
A robe of virgin flesh he takes
Which he will wear for aye.

Hark! hark! the wise eternal Word
Like a weak infant cries;
In form of servant is the Lord,
And God in cradle lies.

This wonder struck the world amazed,
It shook the starry frame;
Squadrons of spirits stood and gazed,
Then down in troops they came.

Glad shepherds ran to view this sight;
A choir of angels sings,
And eastern sages with delight
Adore the King of Kings.

Join then, all hearts that are not stone,
And all our voices prove:
To celebrate this Holy One,
The God of peace and love.


Mundi Creator en! facit
sibi ex luto domum
et carnis tegmen induit
purae perpetuum.

En! Verbum parvuli modo
debiliter sonat,
nec dispar Deus famulo
in cunis recubat.

Portento mundus stupuit,
sunt quassa sidera;
idque angelorum detulit
ad terram agmina.

Visum, dum cantant angeli,
pastores corruunt,
et Regum ad Regem magi
sese proiciunt.

Vos, quot sentitis, pectora,
negate ne sonum,
amoris celebrantia
et pacis hunc Deum.

MM 21.11–4.12.98