John Speller's Web Pages When God was Born

John Speller's Web Pages

When God was Born
The original tune for this carol has been lost, and it is set here to a modification of Orlando Gibbons's "Song 18." The text is from Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), pp. 128-9. The penultimate line appears to be missing, and my restoration of it as "pueri innocentes" is conjectural.

When God was Born of Mary Free

"The Massacre of the Innocents" by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
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