by António Correia d'Oliveira (1879 - 1960)
Translation © by Amanda Cole

O Natal do Céu
Language: Portuguese (Português) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Meu filho, levou-mo Deus...
Levou? Nem sei!  Afinal,
Eu vejo o sempre, tal qual,
Seus olhos fitos nos meus.
Meu filho, levou-mo Deus...
Passou, agora, o Natal:
Na terra como nos céus...

Sonhei, e vi o, entre as flores,
Hinos, estrelas e amores
De alto Presépio divino.
E a Virgem, mostrando o ao colo:
"Olhai!  É mesmo um consolo...
Lembra Jesus em menino!"


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  • ENG English (Amanda Cole) , title 1: "The Christmas from Heaven", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Amanda Cole

This text was added to the website: 2012-04-30
Line count: 13
Word count: 63

The Christmas from Heaven
Language: English  after the Portuguese (Português) 
My son, God took him from me...
Did He? I don't even know! After all,
I see him ever in perfect detail,
his eyes fixed on mine.
My son, God took him from me...
Christmas is over now:
on earth as in heaven...
I dreamed, and I saw him, amongst the flowers,
Hymns, stars and love
of that lofty divine crib.
And the virgin, showing him in her arms:
"Look! What a consolation...
He is like the boy Jesus!"


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This text was added to the website: 2012-04-30
Line count: 13
Word count: 79