Resonet in Laudibus

Today's carol is a 14th-century hymn, widely popular in Germany and throughout Europe, in both Catholic and Protestant circles. The Hymns and Carols of Christmas website provides lyrics, music and information about a popular English adaptation of the Latin hymn, "Christ was born on Christmas Day." As often with popular songs, there were several different Latin versions. I've included two of them here.

Version 1: The Hymns and Carols of Christmas website provides the lyrics with links to a MIDI file, sheet music and other information about the hymn. You can also find an easy to read presentation of the tune at Gregorius Kollmorgen's website. You can find a MIDI file and sheet music with four-part harmony at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.

Resonet in laudibus,
cum jucundis plausibus,
Sion cum fidelibus:
apparuit quem genuit Maria.

Christus natus hodie,
ex Maria virgine,
sine virile semine:
apparuit quem genuit Maria.

Pueri, concinite,
nato regi psallite,
voce pia dicite:
apparuit quem genuit Maria.

Sion, lauda Dominum,
salvatorem hominum,
purgatorem criminum:
apparuit quem genuit Maria.

Sunt impleta quae praedixit Gabriel,
Eia, Eia,
Virgo Deum genuit
quem divina voluit clementia.

Hodie apparuit,
apparuit in Israel,
ex Maria virgine:
est natus Rex.



Version 2: The Hymns and Carols of Christmas website provides the lyrics with links to a MIDI file, sheet music and other information about the hymn.

Resonemus laudibus
cum jocunditatibus
ecclesiam fidelibus:
appanuit quem genuit Maria.

Deus fecit hominem
ad suum imaginem
et similitudinem:
apparuit quem genuit Maria.

Deus fecit omnia
caelum, terram, maria,
cunctaque nascentia:
apparuit quem genuit Maria.

Ero nostro contio
in chordis et organo
benedictat Domino:
apparuit quem genuit Maria

Et Deo qui venias
donat et laetitias
nos eidem gratias:
apparuit quem genuit Maria.










This version has different lyrics, but they appear very helpfully on the screen, together with an English translation!



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