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

Image de Noël
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
L'enfant Jesus des images 
Le beau bébé rose et blanc 
Tend ses deux poings vers les mages 
Ou vers un berger tremblant
Le boeuf sans cérémonie
Rumine en grondant un peu
Et la Vierge en manteau bleu
Sourit à la compagnie


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  • ENG English (Geneviève Usher) , "A picture of Christmas", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 41

A picture of Christmas
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Baby Jesus as depicted, 
a baby pink and fair
Stretches both his fists towards the Magi 
and a trembling shepherd,
The ox, unceremoniously, chews, lowing softly
And the virgin in a blue cloak 
smiles at the assembled company.


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This text was added to the website: 2016-07-09
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Word count: 38