by Albert Rudhardt (1894 - 1944)
Translation © by Geneviève Usher

Les bergers
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Il n'était pas encor minuit
Que la nouvelle étoile a lui
Pour éclairer la terre;

Puis soudain le ciel s'entrouvrit,
Et vêtus de lumière,
On pouvait voir en Paradis
Tous les anges réunis
En prière.
Par les déserts, marchant pieds nus,
Tous les bergers étaient venus
Jusqu'à la pauvre hutte.
Ils amusaient l'Enfant Jésus
Avec des airs de flûte.

Les anges chantaient: Gloria!
Et les pâtres: Hosanna!
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.


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  • ENG English (Geneviève Usher) , title 1: "The shepherds", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Fumiko Kanda

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 71

The shepherds
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
It wasn’t yet midnight when a new star lit the earth for him.
Suddenly the sky was bathed in light,
You could see all the angels in paradise united in prayer.
Every shepherd had come to the lowly stable,
Walking barefoot through the deserts.
They entertained baby Jesus playing their flutes.
The angels sang: Gloria!
And the shepherds: Hosanna!
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia.


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This text was added to the website: 2016-07-09
Line count: 9
Word count: 63