Scripture Verse

Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11


John B. Dykes

Words: Un­known au­thor, prob­ab­ly 14th or 15th Cen­tu­ry (In na­ta­li Do­mi­ni). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Ri­chard F. Lit­tle­dale in Christ­mas Ca­rols New and Old, by Hen­ry R. Bram­ley & John Stain­er (Lon­don: No­vel­lo, Ewer & Com­pa­ny, 1871), pag­es 30–31.

Music: John B. Dykes (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Lit­tle­dale (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Christmas Carols New and Old, 1871


On the birthday of the Lord
Angels joy in glad accord,
And they sing in sweetest tone,
Glory be to God alone,
Glory be to God alone.


God is born of maiden fair,
Mary doth the Sav­ior bear;
Mary ever pure, Mary ever pure.

These good news an angel told
To the shepherds by their fold,
Told them of the Sav­ior’s birth,
Told them of the joy for earth,
Told them of the joy for earth.


Born is now Emmanuel,
He, announced by Gabriel,
He, whom prophets old attest,
Cometh from His Fa­ther’s breast,
Cometh from His Fa­ther’s breast.


Born today is Christ the child,
Born of Mary undefiled,
Born the king and Lord we own;
Glory be to God alone,
Glory be to God alone.