The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

LES ANGES DANS NOS CAMPAGNES

French Carol, 18th Century
Music: French Carol, 18th Century
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(The above is "Gloria," arranged by Edward Shippen Barnes (1887-1958)

1. Les anges dans nos campagnes
Ont entonné l'hymne des cieux;
Et l'écho de nos montagnes
Redit ce chant mélodieux.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo,
Gloria, in excelsis Deo.

2. Bergers, pour qui cette fête?
Quel est l'objet de tous ces chants?
Quel vainqueur, quelle conquête
Mérite ces cris triomphants?
Gloria, in excelsis Deo,
Gloria, in excelsis Deo.

3. Ils annoncent la naissance
Du libérateur d'Israël,
Et pleins de reconnaissance
Chantent en ce jour solennel.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo,
Gloria, in excelsis Deo.

4. Bergers, loin de vos retraites
Unissez-vous à leurs concerts
Et que vos tendres musettes
Fassent retentir dans les airs:
Gloria, in excelsis Deo,
Gloria, in excelsis Deo.

5. Cherchons tous l'heureux village
Qui l'a vu naître sous ses toits,
Offrons-lui le tendre hommage
Et de nos coeurs et de nos voix!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo,
Gloria, in excelsis Deo.

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This 18th Century French carol has been the basis of numerous English carol translations:

Others may merely share the tune, as is the case with

While some believe that Angels From The Realms of Glory is a translation of Les Anges, the literal translation provided by Keyte and Parrott in The New Oxford Book of Carols doesn't seem to support this contention.

The editors of The New Oxford Book of Carols have a good background to this carol (#195).

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