chanson traditionnelle

par virginielebrun

Chers amis,

Je voulais vous faire partager un chant de Noël traditionnel anglais (XVIIIè s.) que j’ adore:

God rest ye Merry , Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen

Let nothing you dismay

Remember Christ our Saviour

Was born on Christmas day

To save us from Satan’ s power

When we were gone astray.

O tidings of comfort and joy,

Comfort and joy

O tidings of comfort and joy!

From God our Heavenly Father

A blessed angel came

And unto certain shepherds

Brought tidings of the same

How in that Bethlehem was born

The son of God by name

« Fear not », then said the angel

« Let nothing you affright

This is born a saviour

Of a pure virgin bright

To free all those who trust in him

From Satan’s pow’r and might »

The shepherds at those tidings

Rejoiced much in mind,

And left their flocks a feeding

On tempest, storm and wind

And went to Bethlehem straightaway

This blessed babe to find

But when to Bethlehem they came

Whereat this infant lay

They fond him in a manger

Where oxen feed on hay

His mother Mary kneeling

Unto the lord did pray

Now the lord sing praises

All you within this place

And with true love and brotherhood

Each other now embrace

This holy tide of Christmas

All others doth deface

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