NOËL BOURGUIGNON

by Laura Hawley

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LYRICS

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

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