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This piece is a blend of the French pastoral shepherd’s pipes and the English choral tradition. The refrain of this song, as in other carols of this Christmas Song Cycle, uses a device known as a macaronic. This is when when a song switches between different languages, in this instance between English and Latin. This provides a medieval ring, and makes for a lot of fun to sing. Christus  natus est, Christ is born for us.

~ Tony Barr