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Hymns and Carols

In Languages Other Than English

 

Editor's Note:  I do not speak any language other than English (of the American persuasion).  It is for that reason that this site is generally restricted to carols and hymns in the English language. I have attempted to learn other languages -- notably French, Latin and Greek -- and at this time would like to publicly apologize to those instructors, of which I have wasted a total of three years of their professional endeavors.

I do not vouch for the rendition in any language of any carol -- or even of the correct identification of language -- and any expert in any such language is cordially invited to correct any errors in either the original or any free translations. The gentle correction will be the most well-received.

In addition, please feel free to bring to my attention any collections of carols in languages other than English. I will happily link to such sites here and at the Links page.

Doug Anderson
Editor and Webmaster

Andalucian

Austrian

Belgian

Catalonian

Czech

Dutch

French

German

Hungary:
See Christmas In Hungary for some Hungarian Traditions, and
Hungarian Christmas Songs
(Thanks to Annamária for these links!)

Italian

Latin
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Polish

Romanian

Scandinavian
(Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland)

Welsh

Riu, Riu, Riu - English, Spanish and Esperanto versions at the web site of Gene Keyes (opens in a new window at an exterior site)

Andalucian

Austrian

Belgian - Flemish

Catalonian

Czech

Dutch

And see: Dutch Saint Nicholas Songs Translated into English

French

 Numerous French carols can be found at MUSIQUE MAESTRO

Additional carols can be found at chansonsdenoel.fr and
French Christmas Carols - Chants de Noël

Translations of a number of French Noëls can be found in Richard R. Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols  (1933).

 

German

 An excellent source of German carols -- and carols in other languages -- is 20,000 Volkslieder, Germany and Other Folksongs

Italian

Polish

At Polish Christmas Carols and Customs, you can read an extended account of the Polish carols arranged by Kazimierz Hubert. Also, an introduction to the beautiful Christmas music of Poland. Links to many other Polish carols and to many Polish sites. The main page for this site is The Christmas Archives, which contains a large amount of Christmas-related information.

Romanian

Three traditional carols furnished by Cristian Mocanu, a member of Christmas International

Additional Romanian carols can be found at Romanian Christmas Carols (both lyrics and MIDI files at Angelfire),  Colinde Romanesti de Craciun (with some wonderful WAV files by the Madrigal Choir), and Colinde (for purists only; it's in Romanian, as nearly as I can tell). Concerning customs generally, please see Romanian Christmas and Another Romanian Christmas, plus Christmas And St. Nicholas Day (with links to several other Romanian Christmas sites).

Scandinavian

 

Don Erickson has provided words and MIDI sequences to numerous Swedish Folk Songs
on his site, including several Christmas songs.

Welsh

Sadly, Jeanne Pasero's site, Christmas in Wales -- with it's great information about Welsh traditions -- seems to have disappeared. Hopefully this is temporary.

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Collections of Christmas Carols & Poetry
Compiled and Edited by
Douglas D. Anderson

Victorian Visions
A Christmas Poetry Collection

Divinely Inspired
A Christmas Poetry Collection

The Bridegroom Cometh
Poetry For The Advent

Other books by Doug Anderson

Once A Lovely Shining Star

A Christmas Poetry Collection

So Gracious Is The Time

A Christmas Poetry Collection

How Still The Night

The Christmas Poems of Father Andrew, S.D.C.

 Father and Daughter

Christmas Poems by Frances and William Havergal

Now, Now The Mirth Comes

Christmas Poetry by Robert Herrick

What Sudden Blaze Of Song

The Christmas Poems of Rev. John Keble

 A Holy Heavenly Chime

The Christmastide Poems of Christina Georgina Rossetti

All My Heart This Night Rejoices

The Christmas Poems of Catherine Winkworth

A Victorian Carol Book

Favorites from the 19th Century —
Still favorites today!

Other Books by Doug Anderson

A Psalter – A Book of the Psalms Arranged by Luther's Categories

Betbüchlein: A Personal Prayer Book, a recreation of Luther's 1529 prayer book

Daily Prayer

Luther's Passional

Luther's Writings on Prayer: A Selection

Devotions for the Advent – 2009

The Lenten Sermons of Martin Luther, Second Edition

Descriptions of all these volumes can be seen at
Books by Doug Anderson


Christmas is a wonderful, cheerful holiday.  Whether we spend it by a real tree or some Balsam Hill artificial Christmas trees, at the end of the day what matters is that we enjoy our time together with our loved ones. 


The Hymns and Carols of Christmas
Douglas D. Anderson

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The Hymns and Carols of Christmas is not responsible for the content of external sites.

 

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

 

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