We Three Kings

Over the same curry, I enjoyed reading a new version of a well-known Christmas Carol in the most recent copy of the Classical Association News (which the Virtual Stoa reads so you don’t have to, etc.):

Misit huc Magos Oriens
stella tres nos ducit agens
rura rivos campum clivos
donaque transferens

(O) SIDUS ADMIRABILE
CLARA PULCHRITUDINE
NOS PRAECEDENS, NUSQUAM SEDENS
NOS AD LUMEN DIRIGE!

Natus est ad Bethlehem Rex:
aureus confirmet apex;
totus sine cuncto fine
pareat illi grex:

Numinosum offero tus:
noscitatur ture Deus;
ornent iuncti Summum cuncti
cum prece laudibus:

Ecce! myrrha acerbum olens,
umbras imminere docens!
Cruciatum immolatum
en lapis opprimens!

Iamque vindicatus ovat,
se victorem nuntiat
angelorum terra chorum
laude reduplicat.

Mark Mortimer’s apparently translated 300 hymns and carols into Latin: Latinised Hymns available from Newton Publications, Old Rectory, Newton Reigny, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0AY, £11 a pop.

Right, that really is it for a bit. I’m off to watch the Dalek episode of Dr. Who, and then I’m popping round the corner to St Barnabas for the Midnight Mass. And then off to London in the morning, if I can find a bus to take me.

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