‘Tis the season, and I’ve got a new translation to share.
The Latin poem consists of two elegiac couplets. I have rendered it into English with four couplets of rhyming iambic tetrameters. Hope you enjoy it.
Nocturno tempore natum.
Nasceris in mediis, o lux mea Solque tenebris,
Nox fugit insolitum nescia ferre iubar.
Cum medio tegit ora die Sol moesta minatur,
Sol noctu visus laetius omen erat.
“To Christ, Born at Night”
O Son of God, my light and sun,
In midst of darkness comes your birth,
Whose unaccustomed luster drives
The night from now resplendent earth.
When in the middle of the day
Our mundane sun conceals his face,
It omens ill; the heavenly Son
When seen at night betokens grace.