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Veni, Emmanuel:


(O Come, Emmanuel)

Veni, veni Emmanuel!
Captivum solve Israel!
Qui gemit in exilio,
Privatus Dei Filio,
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni, veni o oriens!
Solare nos adveniens,
Noctis depelle nebulas,
Dirasque noctis tenebras.
Gaude, gaude Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni, veni Adonai!
Qui populo in Sinai
Legem dedisti vertice,
In Maiestate gloriae.
Gaude, gaude Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te Israel.

Regis olim urbe David:


(Once in Royal David's City)

Regis olim urbe David,
Sub bovili misero,
Mater posuit infantem
In praesaepi pro lecto:
Mitis Maria mater;
Iesus Christus is puer.

De caelo ad nos descendit
Deus, Dominus orbis;
Ei tectum est bovile
Et praesaepe pro cunis.
Pauperum virum amator
Sancte vixisti Salvator.

Et puertiam per miram
Observanter parebat
Virgini eidem matri,
Quae cum pepererat:
Tentent et discipuli
Esse similes ei.

Nam exemplum ille nobis:
Nostri crescebat instar;
Parvus quondam, imbecillus,
Flens et ridens nobis par,
Perticeps tristitiae
Idem et laetitiae.

Tandem illum nos cernemus
Ex amore aeterno:
Puer enim ille parvus
Summo regnat iam caelo,
Atque eo nos ducit
Quo et ipse praeiit.

Nec in stabulo misello,
Bubus prope stantibus,
Tunc videbitur, sed celsus,
Sedens Deo proximus:
Comites tum coronati
Circumstabunt candidati.

Adeste Fideles:


(O Come, All Ye Faithful)

Adeste Fideles
Laeti triumphantes
Venite, venite in Bethlehem
Natum videte
Regem angelorum
Venite adoremus, Venite adoremus,
Venite adoremus, Dominum

Cantet nunc io
Chorus angelorum
Cantet nunc aula caelestium
Gloria, gloria
In excelsis Deo
Venite adoremus, Venite adoremus,
Venite adoremus, Dominum

Ergo qui natus
Die hodierna
Jesu, tibi sit gloria
Patris aeterni
Verbum caro factus
Venite adoremus, Venite adoremus,
Venite adoremus, Dominum

Dormi, Jesu!:

The Virgin's Cradle-Hymn
Words by S. T. Coleridge, Sibylline Leaves, 1817

Dormi, Jesu! Mater ridet
Quae tam dulcem somnum videt,
Dormi, Jesu! blandule!
Si non dormis, Mater plorat,
Inter fila cantans orat,
Blande, veni, somnule.

Sleep, sweet babe! my cares beguiling:
Mother sits beside thee smiling;
Sleep, my darling, tenderly!
If thou sleep not, mother mourneth,
Singing as her wheel she turneth:
Come, soft slumber, balmily!

Source: The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Gloria in Excelsis Deo:

The refrain of the French Carol translated into English as "Angels We Have Heard on High" is in Latin - Gloria in Excelsis Deo. Here's one version of the English version of the carol from the same online source as the last. The translation from French to English is by Bishop James Chadwick (1813-1882):

1. Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Refrain
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

2. Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Refrain

3. Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Refrain

4. See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.

Refrain

Source:

More Latin Christmas Carol Lyrics:


Latin Christmas Carols provides the Latin lyrics for the following additional Christmas Carols:
  • ANGELI CANUNT PRAECONES Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • AQUAFOLIA ORNATIS Deck the Halls
  • DUM SERVANT PECUS PASTORES While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
  • XII DIES NATALIS The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • EN, NOCTE VENIT MEDIA It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  • GAUDIUM MUNDO Joy to the World
  • IN DULCI IUBILO
  • ORIENTIS REGES TRES SUNT NOS We Three Kings of Orient Are
  • O VIRI, ESTE HILARES God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
  • O PARVE VICE BETHLEHEM O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • PRIMUM NOEL CECINIT ANGELUS The First Noel
  • REX WENCESLAUS
  • RUDOLPHUS Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • TINNIAT TINTINNABULUM! Jingle Bells
  • TRANQUILLA NOX Silent Night

Also see: Gaudete, Gaudete! Latin Christmas and Holiday Songs! from Latin teacher and writer Laura Gibbs

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