Come, listen to my story (Traditional)

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Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: CC BY 1.0
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General Information

Title: Come, Listen to My Story
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Tune: The Noble Shirbe

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Languages: English, Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1902 in The Cowley Carol Book

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Original text and translations

English.png English and Latin.png Latin text

1. Come, listen to my story,
Christus natus hodie:
Born is the King of glory;
Rex de Virgine.
Nowell, Nowell, good news I tell,
God comes on earth a stranger
Eya! Emanuel
Lies cradled in a manger.

2. Came angels down, a number,
On the midnight of His brith:
"Ye shepherds, wake from slumber:
Peace, good-will on earth,
And bliss on high," the Angels cry,
"To you is born and given,
Eya! of maid Marie,
Th'Almighty Lord of heaven.

3. Then rode three kings together,
Over desert, hill, and date;
Nought caring from the weather,
Sleet, and snow, and hail.
They came from far, led by a star,
With beams that never vary:
Eya! full fain they are
To see the Babe of Mary.

4. Away then banish sorrow;
Nato Regi psallite:
Sith Christ is born this morrow,
With Angels eke and shepherds meek,
And with yon Eastern Sages,
Eya! let us go seek
The newborn King of ages.