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