Personent hodie

You can read about the medieval Latin hymn, Personent Hodie, at the Hymns and Carols of Christmas website, which also has a MIDI file of the melody, along with various English translations, including one by Jane Joseph.

Personent hodie

1. Personent hodie
voces puerulae,
laudantes iucunde
qui nobis est natus,
summo Deo datus,
et de virgineo ventre procreatus.

2. In mundo nascitur,
pannis involvitur
praesepi ponitur
stabulo brutorum,
rector supernorum.
perdidit spolia princeps infernorum.

3. Magi tres venerunt,
parvulum inquirunt,
Bethlehem adeunt,
stellulam sequendo,
ipsum adorando,
aurum, thus, et myrrham ei offerendo.

4. Omnes clericuli,
pariter pueri,
cantent ut angeli:
advenisti mundo,
laudes tibi fundo.
ideo gloria in excelsis Deo.

1 comment:

Teina from Canada said...

Thank you so much for having this song on your website. I went to a private elementary school and I remember singing this in grades 5, 6 and 7 in Christmas Choir (circa 1983). It was my favorite Christmas song, and I have always remembered some of the words - but your site brought it back to me. Thank you.