Natus est de virgine sine viri semine,
Qui mundat a crimine, rex, qui regit omnia.
Angelus pastoribus: ‘Natus est in gentibus,
Qui dat pacem omnibus sua providentia.’
Reges tria premia offerentes varia
Stella ducit previa ad salutis gaudia.
Cum nil scire potuit de nato, rex fremuit,
Et tota gens tremuit Christi natalitia.
Cum mori per gladios Rachel videt proprios,
Mesta plorat, filios; nulla sunt solatia.
He is born of a virgin, without the seed of a man,
he who cleanses from sin, the king who rules all.
The angel says to the shepherds: ‘He is born for all people,
he who gives peace to all through his own providence.’
The three kings, offering different gifts,
a star leads them forward to the joys of salvation.
As King Herod could discover nothing about the boy, he raged,
and all the people trembled at Christ’s birth.
While Rachel sees the slaughter of her sons by the sword,
she weeps piteously; nothing can comfort her.
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