Be We Merry

Scoring

TTBB Chorus a cappella

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Details

3:00
2007

Lehigh University Glee Club

Lehigh University Glee Club

ECS 7222

Program Notes

Songs of the Nativity (London: John Camden Hotten, 1868) arr. Sametz

Text

In Bethlehem, that noble place,
As by prophecy said it was,
Of the Virgin Mary, full of grace,
Salvator mundi natus est.
Be we merry, in this feast
In quo Salvator natus est

2. On Christmas night an Angel it told
To the shepherds keeping their fold
That in Bethlehem with beasties wolde,
Salvator mundi natus est.
Be we merry, &c.

3. “Behold! To you we bring great joy.
For why? Jesus is born to-day
Of Mary that mild may.
Salvator mundi natus est.
Be we merry, &c.

4. Then compassed were the shepherds quite,
Round them shone a great light,
“Dread ye naught,” said the angel bright,
Salvator mundi natus est.
Be we merry, &c.

5. “And thus in faith find it ye shall,
Lying poorly in an oxen stall.”
The shepherds lauded God all,
Quia Salvator mundi natus est.
Salvator mundi natus est.
-James Ryman, 1492