Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle

Come from the stars, a translation from Italian, this Christmas carol was composed by Alfonso María de Ligorio in Nola, although others mention that it was in Deliceto, in the province of Foggia.

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Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle –Italian Lyrics

Tu scendi dalle stelle,

O Re del Cielo,

e vieni in una grotta,

al freddo e al gelo.

O Bambino mio Divino

Io ti vedo qui a tremar,

O Dio Beato

Ahi, quanto ti costò

l'avermi amato!

A te, che sei del mondo

il Creatore,

mancano panni e fuoco;

O mio Signore!

Caro eletto Pargoletto,

Quanto questa povertà

più mi innamora!

Giacché ti fece amor

povero ancora!

Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle –English Lyrics

From starry skies descending,

Thou comest, glorious King,

A manger low Thy bed,

In winter's icy sting;

O my dearest Child most holy,

Shudd'ring, trembling in the cold!

Great God, Thou lovest me!

What suff'ring Thou didst bear,

That I near Thee might be!

Thou art the world's Creator,

God's own and true Word,

Yet here no robe, no fire

For Thee, Divine Lord.

Dearest, fairest, sweetest Infant,

Dire this state of poverty.

The more I care for Thee,

Since Thou, O Love Divine,

Will'st now so poor to be.