Christmas Carols in Latin

Hello everyone!

Sorry not to have written sooner. It’s been a busy, busy month. I’ve just finished moving into a new apartment, and my netbook is currently in the shop. Still, I couldn’t let Christmas go by without marking the season in some way. I do have my BlackBerry, so I am writing this post on it via the WordPress app.

I recently came across an old email that had a number of famous Christmas carols translated into Latin. I’m sorry to say I don’t know who did the translating, so I can’t give the credit where it is due. Thanks to three years of high school Latin, I can tell everyone that all Cs are hard (as in, pronounced as Ks) and all Vs are pronounced as Ws. Everything else is pronounced and enunciated exactly as written.

Enjoy!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (in Latin)

Reno erat Rudolphus
Nasum rubrum habebat;
Si quando hunc videbas,
Hunc candere tu dicas.
Omnes renores alii
Semper hunc deridebant;
Cum misero Rudolpho
In ludis non ludebant.
Santus Nicholas dixit
Nocte nebulae,
“Rudolphe, naso claro
Nonne carum tu duces?”
Tum renores clam’bant,
“Rudolphe, delectus es?
Cum naso rubro claro
Historia descendes!”

Oh Come All Ye Faithful (in Latin)

Adeste, fideles, laeti triumphantes:
Venite, venite in Bethlehem:
Natum videte Regem angelorum.

CHORUS:
Venite adoremus.
Venite adoremus.
Venite adoremus Dominum.

Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine,
Gestant puellae viscera.
Deum verum, Genitum non factum.

CHORUS.

Cantet nunc “Io” Chorus angelorum,
Cantet nunc aula coelestium.
“Gloria, gloria in excelsis Deo!”

CHORUS.

Ergo qui natus die hodierna,
Iesu, tibi sit gloria,
Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum,

CHORUS.

En grege relicto, humiles ad cunas
Vocati pastores approperant:
Et nos ovanti gradu festinemus:

CHORUS.

Aeterni Parentis splendorem aeternum
Velatum sub carne videbimus:
Deum infantem, pannis involutum,

CHORUS.

Pro nobis egenum et faeno cubantem
Piis foveamus amplexibus:
Sic nos amantem quis non redamaret?

CHORUS.

Stella duce, Magi Christum adorantes
Aurum, tus et myrrham dant munera.
Iesu infanti corda praebeamus;

CHORUS.

Deck the Halls (in Latin)

Aquafolia ornatis
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Tempus hoc hilaritatis
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Vestes claras induamus;
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Cantilenas nunc promamus
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

2 Versions:

1. Angeli canunt praecones
Nuper natum Dominum,
Pacem nobis, veniamque
Erga genus humanum.
Gentes surgite gaudentes,
Cum caelicolis canentes
Dei Filium, Regem,
Natum iam in Bethlehem:
Ecce, canunt angeli
Gloriam novo Regi!

Christus, adoratus caelo,
In aeternum Dominus,
Sero ad nos, en, advenit,
Virginis idem partus:
Homo fieri dignate,
Ave, Deus incarnate!
Iesu, placuit tibi
Nobiscum sic morari:
Ecce, canunt angeli
Gloriam novo Regi!
Pacis o caelestis Princeps,
Probitatis Sol, prodis,
Lucem, vitam cunctis ferens
Salutaribus alis.
Splendorem deposuisti,
Vitam aeternam tulisti,
Levaturus mortales,
Ut bis natos nos praestes:
Ecce, canunt angeli
Gloriam, novo Regi!

2. En canentes angeli:
“Gloria Regi infanti;
Pax in terra, et Deus
Concors cum mortalibus.”
Laeti, omnes populi,
Cum caelestibus iuncti,
Praedicate “Nunc Christus
Est in Bethlehem natus.”

CHORUS:
En candentes angeli:
“Gloria Regi infanti.”
Adoratus caelitus,
Christus, semper Dominus,
Serius advenit spe,
Genitus e virgine;
Carne tamquam obsitus,
Homo ex deo factus,
Volens ut par sit honos,
Commoratur inter nos.

CHORUS.

Salve, rex concordiae,
Salve, sol iustitiae,
Lumen, vitam afferens,
Salutaris oriens;
Gloriam deposuit,
Humilesque extuli,
Immortales reddens nos,
Denuo regenitos.

CHORUS.

We Three Kings of Orient Are (in Latin)

Reges:
Orientis reges tres
Procul dona portantes
Per campos et montes imus,
Stell’ illam sequentes.

Chorus:
O stella potens et mira
Stella regalis pulchra,
Semper movens ad occasum
Duc nos ad claram lucem.
Melchior:
Infans nate Bethlehem,
Portamus hanc coronam,
Rex aeterne, sempiterne,
Domine terrarum.
Chorus:
(Repeat)
Caspar:
Tu Sabaeum Tibi fero,
Tus dignum magno Deo;
Te laudantes et orantes
Colimus in caelo.
Chorus:
(Repeat)
Balthazar:
Myrrh’ amaram defero;
Circum te fumat caligo,
Te languentem et gementem,
Condit’ in tumulo.
Chorus:
(Repeat)
Reges:
Clarus surgit, O specta!
Deus, rex, et victima.
Alleluia, Alleluia,
Canunt cael’ et terra.
Chorus:
(Repeat)

Merry Christmas to all!

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