Entre le boeuf et l'âne gris

In the cattle stall

Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. French
SA & piano
performance time approx 3m 10s
Range S: d' – d'' / A: c' – d''
Price code: C
Complexity: **

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This traditional French carol set amid the animals in the stable is brought gently to life with a delicate piano part (featuring mixed meters) and dreamy interludes.

Pronunciation guide included; also alternative lyrics in English.


Entre le boeuf et l'âne gris
Dort, dort, dort le petit Fils.
Mille anges divins, mille séraphins,
Volent à l'entour de ce Dieu d'amour.

Entre les roses et les lys ...

Entre les pastoureaux jolis ...

Entre les deux bras de Marie ...


Between the ox and the grey donkey
Sleeps, sleeps, sleeps the little Son.
A thousand heavenly angels, a thousand seraphim
Hover around this God of love.

Among the roses and the lilies ...

Among the charming shepherds ...

Nestled in the arms of Mary ...

English singing version

With oxen and ass for company,
Dreams, dreams, dreams a little boy.
Angels at his head, seraphs by his bed,
Circle all around the God of love.

Wreathed by the rose and fair lily ...

Greeted by shepherds in their joy ...

Here in the arms of Mary ...
Dreams, dreams, dreams a little boy.
Angels all around, seraphim bow down,
Welcoming to earth the God of love.

Translation and singing version © Sheena Phillips 2010

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