Ein Kindelein so löbelich (Hieronymus Praetorius)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-10-16).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 174 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Ein Kindelein so löbelich
Composer: Hieronymus Praetorius

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1618 in Cantiones variae.

Description: Christmas motet in which Praetorius has stitched together settings of three popular carols: "Ein Kindelein so löbelich", "Joseph, lieber Joseph mein", and "Virgo Deum genuit". The last of these is an excerpt from the carol usually known as "Resonet in laudibus", and the secod appears to be a macaronic version of the same text.

Original text and translations

German.png German and Latin.png Latin text

Ein Kindelein so löbelich
ist uns geboren heute,
von einer Jungfrau säuberlich,
zu Trost uns armen Leuten.

Wär’ uns das Kind’lein nicht gebor’n
so wär’n wir allzumal verlor’n.
Das Heil ist unser alle.
Eia, du süsser Jesu Christ,
das du Mensch geboren bist,
behüt uns vor der Hölle.

Joseph, lieber Joseph mein,
hilf mir wiegen das Kindelein,
Gott, der wird dein Lohner sein
im Himmelreich
der Jungfrauen Kind Maria.
Eia.

Virgo Deum genuit
quem divina voluit clementia.
Omnes nunc concinite,
nato regi psallite,
voce pia dicite:
sit Gloria Christo nato infantulo.
Hodie apparuit in Israel,
quem predixit Gabriel,
est natus rex.