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This charming French carol telling the story of the shepherds is arranged here for voices and guitar, using a soloist at the start of each verse and simple four-part harmony in most of the rest — though the little play on repeated words in each verse is set antiphonally.
A full realization for guitar by Eugene Braig is provided.
The recording is by the Magpie Consort, Ohio, with Eugene Braig (guitar), from the CD All hayle to the days.
Translation and pronunciation guide provided.
Quand Dieu naquit a Noël dedans la Judée, On vit ce jour solennel de joie inondée; Il n'était petit ni grand, qui n'apportât son présent, Et no no no no Et n'offrit, frit, frit Et no no, et n'offrit sans cesse toute sa richesse.
L'un apportait un agneau avec un grand zèle, L'autre un peu de lait nouveau dedans une écuelle; Tel, sous ses pauvres habits cachait un peu de pain bis, Pour la la la la Pour la sain, sain, sain, Pour la la, pour la sainte Vierge et Joseph Concierge.
Allons, bergers, partons tous: L'ange nous appelle; Un sauveur est né pour nous, l'heureuse nouvelle! Une étable est le séjour qu'a choisi ce Dieu d'amour; Courons au zau zau, Courons plus plus plus, Courons au, courons au plus vite, à ce pauvre gîte.
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