Latinised Hymns

Hark! the herald-angels sing

Hark! the herald-angels sing
Glory to the new-born King.
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem."
Hark! the herald-angels sing
Glory to the new-born King.

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of a Virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see!
Hail, the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as Man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the etc.

Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings
Risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the etc.

C. Wesley

Laudes cantant angeli
Regis nuper geniti.
Pacem terrae dat Deus
veniamque sontibus.
Gentes quot sunt inferae,
cum supernis psallite
nati nunc Davidica
urbe iuncta encomia!
Laudes cantant angeli
Regis nuper geniti.

Christus, caelum quem colit,
semper dominus, venit
serus tempore suo
virginis ex utero.
Ecce! tegmine Deus
corporali praeditus,
quem Esaias nominat,
nostrum unus habitat.
Laudes cantant etc.

Sancte Pacis Rex, ave!
Ave, Sol Justitiae!
Lucem omnibus ferens,
ortus ales et medens,
ponis placide decus,
ne perdamur genitus,
nate elator hominum,
ut nascamur iterum.
Laudes cantant etc.

MM 17–21.12.98