Thursday, December 14, 2017

Quae stella sole pulchrior

You can read about the song by Charles Coffin, Quae stella sole pulchrior, at the Hymns and Carols of Christmas website, which also has a MIDI file of the melody, along with various English translations, such as What Star is This, with Beams so Bright?. You can hear a lovely performance of the song on this album by the Netherlands Chamber Choir: Mirabile Mysterium: Christmas Music Through the Ages.

Quae stella sole pulchrior

Quae stella sole pulchrior
Coruscat? haec Regis novi
Revelat ortus: haec Dei
Praesignat ad cunas iter.

Stat vatibus priscis fides;
En stella surgit ex Jacob;
Arrectus ad spectaculum
Eous orbis emicat.

Dum sidus admonet foris,
Lux fulget intus clarior;
Suadetque vi blanda magos
Signi datorem quaerere.

Segnes amor nescit moras:
Labor, pericla, nil movent:
Domum, propinquos, patriam,
Deo vocante, deserunt.

Micante dum nos allicis,
O Christe, stella gratiae;
Ne tarda coelesti sinas
Obstare corda lumini.

Qui lumen est, sit laus Patri;
Qui se revelat gentibus,
Sit laus perennis Filio:
Par sit tibi laus, Spiritus.



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