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Wikipedia says about St. Alphonsus de Liguoiri:  "His best known musical work is his Christmas hymn Quanno Nascetti Ninno, later translated into Italian by Pope Pius IX as Tu scendi dalle stelle ("From Starry Skies Thou Comest")."    St. Alphonsus wrote both the words and the music.

Here are a couple of Wikipedia articles with this info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu_scendi_dalle_stelle    (Has an English translation of some of the verses)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphonsus_Maria_de_Liguori

Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle is now a very popular beautiful Italian carol.  You will probably recognize it:



Here is a version that shows both the Italian and an English translation:



I found this out by chance when I was listening to an online Christmas station:  http://www.king.org/pages/4351242.php.
I suspect some others already knew the story of this carol, but it was new to me and I was delighted and impressed.

Add your own favorite carols! (if there is a thread for that already, give me a link)
This is from a bunch of middle aged goths with degrees in music. Band is called Estampie...they specialize in medieval music. I love their rendition of this hymn to St. Nicholas. They just recently played Medieval Christmas Market in Germany. I REALLY wish I could've been there to see them and the other bands that played medieval Christmas songs, as well as done some cool shopping!

I can't embed the video for some reason. Here is the direct link to the track Gaudens in Domino