Jesu, Thou the Virgin Born (Gustav Holst)

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  • (Posted 2002-10-04)  CPDL #04050:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2002-10-04).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 72 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: public domain in US, for US distribution only. :UPDATE: Holst's works are now out of copyright in the UK and possibly other European countries as well. Please refer to this page for more information.

General Information

Title: Jesu, Thou the Virgin Born
Composer: Gustav Holst
Lyricist: Anonymous

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

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1907 in Four Old English Carols, no. 3
Description: #3 of 'Four Old English Carols'

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Original text and translations

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Jesu of a maiden Thou wast born,
To save mankind that was forlorn,
All for our sins.
Jesu fili virgine, misere nobis.

Within a cradle He was laid;
Both ox and ass with Him played
With joy and bliss.
Jesu fili virgine misere nobis

Then for us He shed his blood,
And also died He on the rood,
All for our sins.
Jesu fili virgine, misere nobis.

And then to hell He took the way,
To ransome them that there did lay,
With joy and bliss.
Jesu fili virgine, misere nobis.

Lyrics: Old English Carol