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Gesu Bambino is a beautiful Italian Christmas hymn that was penned by Pietro Yon in 1917. It was translated into English by Frederick H. Martens for “When Blossoms Flowered ‘mid the Snows”.

On the 2nd Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of BETHLEHEM. The candle represents peace and the journey to Bethlehem and preparations to accept and receive Christ.

Do you want peace this Christmas? Christ is the PRINCE OF PEACE who has come to save this world and bring peace to one and all!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

For a refresher course on what Advent is, check out my advent playlist!

Suggested Reading: Advent Playlist: 25 Christmas Hymns

Advent Playlist – 25 Christmas Hymns

1. A Strange Way to Save the World

2. Angel Gabriel

3. Angels From the Realms of Glory

4. Christ is the World’s True Light

5. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

6. The Crown of Roses

7.  E’en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come

Day 8. Gesu Bambino

Gesu Bambino is a beautiful Italian Christmas hymn that was penned by Pietro Yon in 1917. It was translated into English by Frederick H. Martens for “When Blossoms Flowered ‘mid the Snows”.

The Martens translation is not a literal translation so I have added the literal translation (provided by Wikipedia) in italics next to the Italian lyrics.

There is no doubt that Pavarotti and the Wandsworth School Boys Choir give one of the most definitive performances of this beautiful Italian hymn in our modern times. For the English, I am partial to Dallyn Vail Bayles and Mindy Smoot Robbins‘ duet (Album: O Holy Night) where their voices swirl together like an angelic choir of two.

Gesu Bambino Lyrics –

Nell’umile capanna (In the humble hut,)
nel freddo e povertà (In cold and poverty)
è nato il Santo pargolo (The Holy infant is born,)
che il mondo adorerà. (Who the world will adore.)

Osanna, osanna cantano (Hosanna, hosanna, sing)
con giubilante cor (With a joyous heart,)
i tuoi pastori ed angeli (Your shepherds and angels,)
o re di luce e amor. (O King of light and love.)

Venite adoremus (Come let us adore,)
venite adoremus (Come let us adore,)
venite adoremus (Come let us adore,)
Dominum. (The Lord.)

O bel bambin non piangere (O beautiful boy do not cry)
non piangere, Redentor! (Do not cry, Redeemer!)
la mamma tua cullandoti (Your mother cradles you,)
ti bacia, O Salvator. (Kisses you, O Savior.)

Osanna, osanna cantano (Hosanna, hosanna, sing)
con giubilante cor (With a joyous heart,)
i tuoi pastori ed angeli (Your shepherds and angels,)
o re di luce e amor. (O King of light and love.)

Venite adoremus (Come let us adore,)
venite adoremus (Come let us adore,)
venite adoremus (Come let us adore,)
Dominum. (The Lord.)

Ah! venite adoremus (Oh! Come let us adore,)
Ah! adoremus Dominum (Oh! Come let us adore,)
venite, venite (Come, come,)
venite adoremus (Come let us adore,)
adoremus (Let us adore)
Dominum. (The Lord.)


When Blossoms Flowered ‘mid the Snows Lyrics –

When blossoms flowered ‘mid the snows
Upon a winter night,
Was born the Child, the Christmas Rose,
The King of Love and Light.

The angels sang, the shepherds sang,
The grateful earth rejoiced;
And at His blessed birth the stars
Their exultation voiced.

O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Again the heart with rapture glows
To greet the holy night,
That gave the world its Christmas Rose,
Its King of Love and Light.

Let ev’ry voice acclaim His name,
The grateful chorus swell.
From paradise to earth He came
That we with Him might dwell.

O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.


Scripture Reading for Day 8 of Advent –

Isaiah 53

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned–every one–to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Ephesians 2:14-18

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

Advent Playlist – Days 9 to 25

9. I Heard the Bells on Christmas

10. I Wonder as a Wander

11. Jesus Christ The Apple Tree

12. The King Shall Come

13. The Little Drummer Boy

14. Mary, Do You Know?

15. O Come, All Ye Faithful

16. O Come,O Come, Emmanuel

17. O Holy Night

18. O Little Town of Bethlehem

19. Once in Royal David’s City

20. People, Look East

21. Silent Night

22. Sweet Little Jesus Boy

23. There Stood in Heaven a Linden Tree

24. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

25. Whence is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing?

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Please join me this Advent Season as I share these beloved hymns and the stories and Scriptures that go with them. Enjoy and a very Happy Christmas to all.

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