Gaudete – John and Rebekah Boruff

This is a cover of “Gaudete” by Steeleye Span.

Drop C

Chorus (2x)

2—-2–0    2—4–5    5—–4     2    0–0
Gaudete, gaudete! Christus est natus
0    2   4—2-0-2–4    2—0—2
Ex Mari–a virgine: Gaudete!


Tempus adest gratiae, hoc quod optabamus
Carmina laetitiae devote redamus.

Deus homo factus est natura mirante,
Mundus renovatus est a Christo regnante.

Ezecheelis porta clausa per transitur
Unde lux est orta salus invenitur.

Ergo nostra contio Psallat iam in lustro,
Benedicat Domino salus Regi nostro.

This song first appeared in Piae Cantiones (1582)
Here’s the English translation from Latin:

Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born
Of the Virgin Mary: Rejoice!

It is now the time of grace, That we have desired
Let us sing songs of joy and give devotion.

God was made man and nature marvels,
The world was renewed by Christ who is king.

The closed gate of Ezekiel has been passed through
From where the light rises salvation is found.

Therefore let our assembly now sing,
Sing the Psalms to purify us;

Let it praise the Lord:
Greetings to our King.


About John Boruff

John Boruff is a Philosophy and Religion graduate from UNC Pembroke. In his free time, he blogs about the Christian life; and has special interests in evangelism and spiritual gifts. He identifies himself as a Reformed Arminian Pentecostal. He’s also a husband and dad. John loves street preaching. His influences are Leonard Ravenhill, David Wilkerson, John Wesley, Charles Finney, etc. John is always in the process of writing; and is posting free e-books on this site for cultivating a deeper Christian life. Among them are his 'How to Experience God' and 'The Gospel of Jesus Christ.' He is currently working on the lives of great prophets in church history—from Catholic saints to Protestant reformers and revivalists. He is also working on a Biblical theology of poverty alleviation.
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