A Poor Brother's Hymnal
Sunday, December 24, 2006
  Miro Genere
Miro genere
sol de sidere
suo luxit.
De particula
sine macula
totum fluxit.
Sic a domo
summa pomo
lapsum homo
deus reduxit.
Hec virginitas
quam divinitas
matrem fecit
per quam veterem
summum hominem
ius deiecit,
a regina sic divina
lapsa refecit.

With the wondrous birth
the sun has shed
great light from its height;
from a small particle
the whole has come forth
without blemish.
Thus, from the highest house
has God as man led back him
who had come to grief
through the apple.
This virginity,
given motherhood by the Divinity,
through whom the ancestral man
has been driven
out by the highest law,
has thus restored him
through the medicine that,
once withdrawn,
flows from the divine queen.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
  Stille Nacht
Joseph Mohr, 1816 (1792-1848)

1. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute heilige Paar.
Holder Knab' im lockigten Haar,
|: Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh! :|

2. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht
Lieb' aus deinem göttlichen Mund,
Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund'.
|: Jesus in deiner Geburt! :|

3. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Die der Welt Heil gebracht,
Aus des Himmels goldenen Höhn,
Uns der Gnaden Fülle läßt sehn,
|: Jesum in Menschengestalt! :|

4. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Wo sich heut alle Macht
Väterlicher Liebe ergoß,
Und als Bruder huldvoll umschloß
|: Jesus die Völker der Welt! :|

5. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Lange schon uns bedacht,
Als der Herr vom Grimme befreit
In der Väter urgrauer Zeit
|: Aller Welt Schonung verhieß! :|

6. Stille Nacht! Heil'ge Nacht!
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Alleluja,
Tönt es laut bei Ferne und Nah:
|: "Jesus der Retter ist da!" :|

fairly literal translation Frank 1997

1. Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
'Round yon Virgin, mother and child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
|: Sleep in heavenly peace! :|

2. Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, Love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
|: Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth! :|

3. Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glory streams from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing alleluia
|: Christ the Savior is born :|

Phonetic, to be read as English

1. Shteal_lay Nahcht! Hi_lee_gay Nahcht!
Ah_lays shlayft; ine_sahm wahcht
Noor dahs trou_tay hi_lee_gay Paar.
Hole_dare Knahb' eem low_kig_ten Haar,
|: Shlah_fay in him_lish_air Roo! :|

2. Shteal_lay Nahcht! Hi_lee_gay Nacht!
Goat_es Sown, oh we lahcht
Leeb' ows die_nem get_leech_en Moond,
Dah oons shlaygt dee rett_en_day Shtoond'.
|: Yay_soos in die_ner Gay_boort! :|

3. Shteal_lay Nahcht! Hi_lee_gay Nacht!
Dee dare Velt Hile gay_brahcht,
Ows days Him_els gol_day_nen Heyn,
Oons dare Gnah_den Fillay lesst sayn,
|: Yay_soom in Men_shen_gay_stalt! :|

4. Shteal_lay Nahcht! Hi_lee_gay Nacht!
Woe seech height all_eh Mahcht
Fay_ter_lee_cher Leebay air_goss,
Oond als Broodair hoold_fall oom_shloss
|: Yay_sus dee Felker dair Velt! :|

5. Shteal_lay Nahcht! Hi_lee_gay Nacht!
Lahng_ey schown oons bay_dahcht,
Ols dare Hair fom Grim_may bay_fright
In dare Fay_ter oor_grau_er tzite
|: Oller Velt Show_nung fair_hees! :|

6. Shteal_lay Nahcht! Hi_lee_gay Nacht!
Here_ten airst koond_gay_mahcht
Doorch dare Ayng_el Alleluja,
Taynt eys lout bay Fair_nay oond naw:
|: "Yay_sus dare Retter eest dah!" :|


1. Sancta nox, placida nox!
Nusquam est ulla vox;
Par sanctissimum vigilat,
Crispo crine quieti se dat
Puer dulcissimus.

2. Sancta nox, placida nox!
Certior fit pastor mox
Angelorum alleluia;
Sonat voce clarissima
Iesus salvator adest.

3. Sancta nox, placida nox!
Nate Dei, suavis vox
Manat ex ore sanctissimo,
Cum is nobis auxilio,
Christe, natalibus.

fairly literal translation Frank 1997

1. Silent night! Holy night!
All's asleep, one sole light,
Just the faithful and holy pair,
Lovely boy-child with curly hair,
|: Sleep in heavenly peace! :|

2. Silent night! Holy night!
God's Son laughs, o how bright.
Love from your holy lips shines clear,
As the dawn of salvation draws near,
|: Jesus, Lord, with your birth! :|

3. Silent night! Holy night!
Brought the world peace tonight,
From the heavens' golden height
Shows the grace of His holy might
|: Jesus, as man on this earth! :|

4. Silent night! holy night!
Where today all the might
Of His fatherly love us graced
And then Jesus, as brother embraced.
|: All the peoples on earth! :|

5. Silent night! Holy night!
Long we hoped that He might,
As our Lord, free us of wrath,
Since times of our fathers He hath
|: Promised to spare all mankind! :|

6. Silent night! Holy night!
Sheperds first see the sight.
Told by angelic Alleluja,
Sounding everywhere, both near and far:
|: "Christ the Savior is here!" :|

All my favorite hymns. Most of them are from before the Reformation.

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