levez-vous ma voisin, Traditional Burgundian Noël
Words Translated by K. W. Simpson
Music: Traditional Burgundian Noël
Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #78, pp. 22-23.
1. O rise and come
Where sleeping safe from danger,
He lieth in a manger,
Who God hath sent to us, His only Son.
Rouse ye! Run a pace!
To behold His sleeping face!
Neighbor let us haste to the cradle.
2. My Lambs I watched
Beside me they were feeding
When on mine ear unheeding
Sweet music rose around me, soft and clear!
3. My crook I flung
I left my flocks a-grazing
At message so amazing
(Foretold by prophets, promising a sign.)
4. I entered there
I knelt me down adoring,
My happy heart outpouring
Before my Jesus, innocent and dear.
5. And having prayed
My humble gifts I showed them –
Around the cradle strowed them,
Before the Mother-maid, and Holy Son.
6. Ah now indeed I
Our grief and pain are ended
Through Him who hath descended
To share my sorrow – Neighbor dear – and thine!
7. So poor – so poor!
– is He
O bring thy loving off'ring
Around the cradle proff'ring!
How stark the bed for Majesty so fine!
8. O choose, o choose
The first fruits of thy growing!
Thy faiest lamb bestowing
On Mary and on Joseph, ever blest!
9. Lo, hell hath lost
The word MESSIAH is winging
Throughout the Heav'ns 'tis ringing!
O run space, to greet the Babe divine!
Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #78, pp. 22-23.
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