Michael Praetorius
(?1571 - 1621)

Praetorius : Ein Kindelein so löbelich a 5 : illustration

Ein Kindelein so löbelich a 5
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Christmas setting from Musae Sioniae, vol. 5, 1607. This edition is offered at original pitch (high chiavetti) for S.S.A.T.B. or transposed down a fourth for S.A.T.T.B.
Lyrics: Anon

Ein Kindelein so löbelich
ist uns geboren heute,
von einer Jungfrau säuberlich,
zu Trost uns armen Leuten.
Wär uns das Kindelein nicht geborn
so wärn wir allzumal verlorn.
Das Heil ist unser aller.
Eia, du süsser Jesu Christ,
das du Mensch geboren bist,
behüt uns vor der Hölle.

So lovely a child
is born to us today,
neatly of a virgin,
as succour for we lowly people.
Had the child not been born
we were entirely bereft.
This salvation is our everything.
Hail, sweetest Jesus Christ,
For your birth in human form
shelters us from perdition.