On Þissum Dæȝe of Crīstes Byrde (Festō Natalis Christī)

Mīn dēoran rǣderes, bēoþ ȝē hāle on þissum dæȝe of Crīstes byrde. Bēoþ ȝē ȝesunde innan heallum cyninga ond bliðe mid cynnum. Ȝefēoþ ymb Godes sunu, ūre goldƿine ond þeodcyning, ealdorþeȝn ond ƿinedrihten. Se hlāford of eallum bierhþ ūre sāwlum ond onweȝ ādrīfeþ winteres hrīm.

Lectorī meī carī, salvete festō Natalis Christī. Este salvī in aulīs regum et felicēs cum familiīs. Gaudete de filiō Deī, amicō aurī et rege supra gentēs, duce excelsō et dominō carō. Dominus omnis animōs nostrōs salvat et pruinam hibernum emittit.

Note: The Latin is a translation of the OE, not a Latin composition on the same theme, so the descriptive terms will sound strange since they’re not terms that a Latin speaker would have used.


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