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Le ciel est noir, la terre est blanche

Language: French (Français)

Le ciel est noir, la terre est blanche.
Cloches, carillonnez gaîment!
Jésus est né; la Vierge penche
Sur lui son visage charmant.
Pas de courtines festonnées
Pour préserver l'enfant du froid;
Rien que les toiles d'araignées
Qui Pendent des poutres du toit.
Il tremble sur la paille fraîche,
Ce cher petit enfant Jésus,
Et pour l'échauffer dans sa crèche
L'âne et le bœuf soufflent dessus.
La neige au chaume pend ses franges,
Mais sur le toit s'ouvre le Ciel,
Et, tout en blanc, le chœur des anges
Chante aux bergers: "Noël! Noël!"


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  • ENG English (David Wyatt) (Emily Wyatt) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-08-30 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:52
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The sky is black, the earth is white

Language: English after the French (Français)

The sky is black, the earth is white,
Bells, ring out gaily,
Jesus is born: the Virgin bends 
Over him her sweet face.

No festooned curtains 
To keep the child from cold;
Naught but spiders' webs
Hanging from the roof-beams.

He shivers on the fresh straw,
The dear little child, Jesus;
And to warm him in his manger
The ass and ox breathe upon him.

Snow hangs its fringing on the thatch,
But over the roof Heaven opens
And all in white the choir of angels
Sings to the shepherds: "Noel, Noel!"

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  • a text in French (Français) by Pierre-Jules-Théophile Gautier (1811 - 1872), "Noël", written 1861, appears in Émaux et Camées, first published 1863
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Paul Amiet, Alfred Bachelet, Jean-Albert Barès, René-Emmanuel Baton, as Rhené-Baton, J. Baudot, Robert Bernard, François Berthet, Frédéric Binet, Jean Boucher, Brian Boydell, Pierre de Bréville, Louis Brisset, L. Brocquier, Paul Bulot, Gaston Carraud, Alexandre Cellier, René Chansarel, Emmanuel Chaze, Lucien Chevaillier, Henri Classens, Auguste Cœdès, Édouard Condette, Arthur Coquard, Alfred Cosson, R. Cottier, A. Crevelliez, Albert Diot, Gaston Doin, José Antonio de Donostia, Théodore Dubois, Jacques Ehrhart, Rolande Falcinelli, Henry Février, Camille Fournier, Jean-Baptiste Ganaye, Philippe Gaubert, François-Auguste Gevaert, John Gilfedder, Charles Jean Baptiste Grisart, Jean-Marie Hamonic, Yvonne Hédoux, Lucien Hillemacher, Paul Hillemacher, Charles Lafontaine, Charles Lecocq, Jean Eugène Gaston Lemaire, Émile Louis, Damien Luy, Victoire Lyon, Alfred Mahy, Victor Massé, Georges Mathias, Pierre Maurice, Georges Meugé, Rollo Hugh Myers, Camille O'Méara Dubois, Georges-Louis Pantillon, Teresa del Riego, Jean-Baptiste de Rongé, Jules Rousseau, M. Schloss, Nikolay Aleksandrovich Sokolov, Jacques Soulacroix, Georges Spetz, Halsey Stevens, Georges Taconet, Marcel Trémois, J. Vincent, Anselm Vinée. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2015-09-28 00:00:00.
Last modified: 2015-09-28 13:56:26
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Word count: 92