God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

So in the spirit of the season and the spirit of nerdiness, I ended up translating all 8 verses of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” into Latin this week. So, without further ado…

Confortet Deus vos gentes;
Nolite timere!
Nam natus est Iesus Christus
Pro nobis hodie,
Ut salvat nos de Satana
Quem nos servabamus!
Cantilena:
Evangelizo vobis gaudium!
Gaudium!
Evangelizo vobis gaudium!

In Bethlehem in Iudaea
Tunc natus est Infans;
Ponitus in praesepio,
Clemens Deus Amans!
In magna reverentia
Conspexit Maria.
Cantilena.

De caeleste Patre venit
Beatus angelus,
Qui ad pastores gaudium
Annuntiavit tunc:
Quia in Bethlehem natus
Est Dei Filius!
Cantilena.

Angelus Domini dixit
“Nolite timere!
Hodie natus Salvator
De pura Virgine,
Ut liberet confidentes
Eius de Satana!”
Cantilena.

Pastores oves liquerunt
In magno gaudio,
Et cucurrerunt cantantes:
“Gloria Domino!”
Venerunt tunc in Bethlehem
Invenire Iesum.
Cantilena.

Invenerunt in Bethlehem
Pannis involutum,
Ponitum in praesepio,
Redemptorem, Iesum,
Et Matrem Dei orantem,
Beatam Mariam!
Cantilena.

Laudate ergo Dominum,
Vos omnes in aula!
Conplectete caritate
Et in clementia!
Christi Natalis gratiam
Dei initiat!
Cantilena.

Ideo dominum casae
Deus benedicat,
Ut multas Nativitates
Futuras videat!
Eius quoque familiae
Ubique hodie:
Cantilena finalis:
Deus mittat vobis annum bonum,
Annum bonum,
Deus mittat vobis annum bonum!

Note: The meter is the same as the English version, so it is to be sung with the classic tune.

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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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