Christ was born

Christ was born on Christmas day; wreathe the holly twine the bay; Christus natus hodie, the babe, the son, the holy one of Mary. He is born to set us free, he is born our Lord to be, ex Maria virgine, the God, the Lord, by all adored for ever. Night of sadness, morn of gladness evermore; ever, ever, after many troubles sore, morn of gladness evermore and evermore. Midnight scarcely passed and over, drawing to this holy morn; very early, very early Christ was born. (J. M. Neale)