Friday, December 7, 2012

Sing we of 19 Days till Christmas!

A French carol for today, "Noël nouvelet" which again I found through choir music. This one dates back to highschool, I think. The tune is lively to match the joyful lyrics. I present the original french lyrics because the English version "Sing we All of Christmas" has many variations on the lyrics (and I happened to find the below video which blew me away!). However, included below are the literal translations of each verse.

The picture today is of some of the music I'll be singing for my choir concert "Lully Lullay" though you can also see my blue marker "war wound" from babysitting an almost two year old this morning.


Noël nouvelet, Noël chantons ici,
Dévotes gens, crions à Dieu merci !

          New Christmas, Christmas we sing here,
          Devout people, let us shout our thanks to God!

Chorus :
Chantons Noël pour le Roi nouvelet ! (bis)
Noël nouvelet, Noël chantons ici !

          Chorus:
          Let us sing Christmas for the new King! (repeat)
          New Christmas, Christmas we sing here.

L'ange disait! pasteurs partez d'ici!
En Bethléem trouverez l'angelet.
Chorus

          The angel said! Shepherds leave this place!
          In Bethlehem you'll find the little angel.
          Chorus

En Bethléem, étant tous réunis,
Trouvèrent l'enfant, Joseph, Marie aussi.
Chorus

          In Bethlehem, all united,
          Were found the child, Joseph, and Mary too.
          Chorus

Bientôt, les Rois, par l'étoile éclaircis,
A Bethléem vinrent une matinée.
Chorus

          Soon, the Kings, by the bright star
          To Bethlehem came one morning.
          Chorus

L'un partait l'or; l'autre l'encens bem;
L'étable alors au Paradis semblait.
Chorus

          One brought gold, the other priceless incense;
          The stable thus seemed like Heaven.
          Chorus




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