The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Weather Carol

For Christmas

Words: Pas tre dei mountagno

English Translation by the Rev. J. O'Connor

Music: A Provenšal NoŰl.

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #84, pp. 12-13.

1. Shepherd of the mountain,
Lo! The God-head true
Grafts upon His Person
Fellowship with you
Yean'd among the yearlings
Lies the bonny Babe;
His Eternal Father
For your ransom gave.

2. Eldest man and wisest
Of the company
Hies him to examine
On the starry sky.
He reports that weather
Sartinly will hold,
But these winter evenings
Be most tarr'ble cold.

3. Willy dons his woolly
Sheepskin overcoat,
Tells his daughter Leah
Tether nanny goat,
Milk the ewes and let their
Weanlings out to grass,
Wind the silk in bobbins,
Stable Neddy ass.

4. Now the wife is shaking
Like a coughing cow,
Crying disappointed
Tears to rust a plough,
Comforted she won't be
For she wants to go
See the new-born Infant
In the cave below.

5. Somewhere after seven
Of tomorrow morn
All the shepherd omen
Trot to see the Bairn.
If they wear their ulsters
Not a bit of harm,
For the wind that's blowin'
Baint exactly warm.

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #84, pp. 12-13.

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