CAROL TRILOGY

by Laura Hawley

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NOÉL BOURGUIGNON

Lor qu’an lai saizon qu’ai jaule,
Au monde Jésu-Chri vin,
L’àne et le beu l’échaufin
De lo sôfle dan l’Etaule…
Que d’àne et de beu je sai,
Dan ce royaume de Gaule,
Que d’àne et de beu je sai
Qui n’an airein pa tan fai!

2. On di que cé pôvre béte
N’ure pas vu le Pôpon,
Qu’elle se mire ai genon,
Humbleman boissan lai téte…
Que d’àne et de beu je sai,
Qui po tô se fon de féte,
Que d’àne et de beu je sai
Qui n’an airein pa tan fai!

3. Ma le pu beà d’l’histoire,
Ce fu que l’àne et le beu
Ansin passire tô deu
Lai neù san maingé ni boire…
Que d’àne et de beu je sai,
Couvar de pane et de moire,
Que d’àne et de beu je sai
Qui n’an airein pa tan fai!

Bernard de La Monnoye

translation

1. The winter season of the year
When to this world our Lord was born,
The ox and donkey, so they say,
Did keep His holy presence warm.
How many oxen and donkeys now,
If they were there when first He came,
How many oxen and donkeys you know,
At such a time would do the same?

2. As soon as to these humble beasts
Appeared our Lord so mild and sweet,
With joy they knelt before His Grace,
And gently kissed His tiny feet.
If we, like oxen and donkeys then,
In spite of all the things we’ve heard,
Would be like oxen and donkeys then,
We’d hear the truth, believe His word.

3. And on that night it has been told
These humble beasts so rough and rude,
Throughout the night of holy birth,
Drank no water, ate no food.
How many oxen and donkeys now,
Dressed in ermine, silk and such,
How many oxen and donkeys you know,
At such a time would do as much?

English lyrics by Oscar Brand

 IN DULCI JUBILO

In dulci jubilo,
nun singet und seid froh!
Unsers Herzens Wonne
leit in praesepio,
Und leuchtet als die Sonne
matris in gremio
Alpha es et O!
2. O Jesu parvule,
Nach dir ist mir so weh.
Tröst mir mein Gemüte,
O Puer optime;
Durch alle deine Güte,
O Princeps Gloriae,
Trahe me post te!
3. O Patris caritas!
O Nati lenitas!
Wir warn all’ verloren
Per nostra criminal;
So hat er uns erworben
Coelorum gaudia;
[Eia, warn wir da!]

4. Ubi sunt gaudia?
Nirgends mehr denn da,
Da die Engel singen
Nova cantica,
Und die Schellen klingen
In Regis curia;
Eia, warn wir da!

vv. 1, 2, 4 fourteenth-century
v. 3 Valentin Triller (d. 1573)
(Praetorius, 1607)
 

translation

With sweet jubilation,
Let songs and gladness flow!
All our joy reclineth
in a manger
And like the sun he shineth
in [your] mother’s lap
You are Alpha and Omega!
2. O infant Jesus
I yearn for thee always!
Comfort me and stay me,
O best of boys
By thy great love I pray thee,
O Prince of Glory,
Draw me after you [to heaven]!
 
3. O love of the Father!
O mercy of the son!
Condemned we had remained
Through our sins
But he for us hath gained
The joys of heaven
In paradise afar,
Where joys unending are.

4. Where are joys(?)
More deep than heaven’s are?
In heaven are angels singing
New songs
In heaven the bells are ringing
In the courts of the King
O that we were there!

Tr. from source editors
Source: “The shorter New Oxford Book of
Carols” ed. Keyte, Parrott, & Bartlett

WEXFORD CAROL

1. Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done,
In sending his beloved Son.
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas Day;
In Bethlehem upon that morn
There was a blessed Messiah born.

2. Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep;
To whom God’s angels did appear,
Which put the shepherds in great fear.
‘Prepare and go’, the angels said,
‘To Bethlehem, be not afraid;
For there you’ll find, this happy morn,
A princely babe, sweet Jesus born,’

3. With thankful heart and joyful mind,
The shepherds went the babe to find,
And as God’s angel had foretold,
They did our Saviour Christ behond.
Within a manger he was laid,
And by his side the virgin maid,
Attending on the Lord of life,
Who came on earth to end all strife.

12th century English and Irish traditional
Source: “The Oxford Book of Carols”
Ed. Dearmer, Vaighan Williams, Shaw

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