The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Three Shepherds

Romanian Traditional Carol, Trei Păstori

English Translation by Unknown

Translation provided by Cristian Mocanu, a member of Christmas International

A performance of this carol in Romanian by the Madrigal Choir can be found at Colinde Romanesti de Craciun

1. Three shepherds met
Sunbeam, sunflower.
And talked to each other thus:

2. Come on, brothers, let us go
Sunbeam, sunflower.
And pick some little flowers.

3. And make a crown out of them
Sunbeam, sunflower.
And knit it joyfully.

4. And take the crown to Christ,
Sunbeam, sunflower.
For the good of us all.

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Cristian included this note concerning the three carols that he emailed:

All 3 of them are folkloric, i.e. they have no known author. The first two seem to have existed since times immemorial. They are documented from the late 18th,early 19th century. They were known throughout the country and, having no distinctive dialectal features, one cannot determine where they originated either.

Between 1948 and 1989, one got arrested for singing these or any other similar carol publicly. The very word "Christmas" was banned. Saying it in a larger gathering meant expulsion from school or from any well-paid job. Only the carols making no explicit mention of Christ, Mary or the word Christmas were somehow permitted. But people still treasured them and they were never lost.

The other two carols which Cristian sent were:

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