Monday, 7 December 2015

Christmas Carols, Dutch

 This is a traditional Dutch Christmas Carol, from probably the 14the century. The language in witch it was written is Old Dutch, but beautiful nonetheless.

Lyrics:

Nu sijt wellekome, Jesu, lieve Heer.
Gij komt van also hoge, van alzo veer.
Nu zijt wellekome van den hogen hemel neer.
Hier, al in dit aardrijk zijt Gij gezien nooit meer. Kyrieleis.

Christe Kyrieleison, laat ons zingen blij.
Daarmee ook onze leisen beginnen vrij.
Jesus is geboren op de heilige kerstnacht.
Van een maged reine, die hoog moet zijn geacht. Kyrieleis.

d'Heerders op den velde hoorden een nieuw lied,
Dat Jesus was geboren ze wisten't niet.
Gaat aan geender straten, en gij zult hem vinden klaar,
Bethlem is de stede, daar is't geschied vorwaar. Kyrieleis.

d'Heilige drie Koningen uit zo verre land,
Zij zochten onzen Heere met offerhand.
Zij offerden onmoedelijk myrrh, wierook ende goud.
t'Eeren van dat Kinde, dat alle ding behoudt. Kyrieleis.


Translation:

Jesus, You are welcome here with us today.
You came to earth from heaven on Christmas day.
Jesus, You are welcome now to stay with us again.
In our sinful hearts, give us mercy, come and reign. Kyrieleis.

“Christ have mercy on us”, we together sing.
For what You’ve done to save us our praise we bring.
You were born on Christmas, God among us here to be.
Bringing us salvation, from sin to set us free. Kyrieleis.

Shepherds in the fields heard angels’ words of cheer.
They could not understand it: they shook with fear.
“Go and find your Savior,” said the angel in the skies.
“Leave your sheep to seek him: in Bethlehem he lies.” Kyrieleis.

Wise men came to seek him from a distant land.
To give their richest treasure was what they planned.
Placing gold and frankincense and myrrh before their King,
Love and adoration, the best of gifts to bring. Kyrieleis.

8 comments:

  1. This brings me back to my youth. Thank you, Han.

    appy

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    1. Yes, did you hear the version of Herman van Veen? I love that one the most!

      (Herman van Veen-fan),
      Han

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  2. Thank you for sharing another new and beautiful Christmas song, Han!

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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    1. New to you of course, and yet so familiar to my ears.

      I'm glad you like it,
      Han

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  3. Very sweet one.
    I enjoyed it very much, thank you Han.

    Mona Lisa

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    1. You did, Mona Lisa? I'm glad you enjoyed it. My mother brought me the love of Dutch Christmas songs. She only played Dutch songs (Gert en Hermien), and could sing along all the songs by heart.

      Smile,
      Han

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  4. Thank you for adding a little bit of Christmas, and some relaxation...and a huge smile to my days...
    hugs abby

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    1. Smile back at you, Abby. I'm pleased you like it.

      Han

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