Riu, riu, chiu (Mateo Flecha el Viejo)

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General Information

Title: Riu, riu, chiu
Composer: Mateo Flecha el Viejo

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredVillancico

Language: Spanish
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1556 in Cancionero de Upsala, no. 46, p. 40
Description: The attribution to Flecha is made on stylistic grounds.

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Original text and translations

Spanish.png Spanish text

Riu riu chiu, la guarda ribera;
Dios guardo el lobo de nuestra cordera.

El lobo rabioso la quiso morder,
Mas Dios poderoso la supo defender;
Quisola hazer que no pudiese pecar,
Ni aun original esta Virgen no tuviera.

Este qu'es nacido es el gran monarca,
Christo patriarca, de carne vestido;
hanos redimido con se hacer chiquito,
a un qu'era infinito, finito se hiziera.

Muchas profecias lo han profetizado,
Ya un nuestros dias lo hemos al consado
Adios humanado vemos en el suelo,
Yal hombre nelcielo porquel le quistera.

Yo vi mil garzones que andaban cantando,
por aquí volando, haciendo mil sones,
diciendo a gascones: "Gloria sea en el cielo
y paz en el suelo", pues de sus nasciera.

Este viene a dar a los muertos vida
y viene a reparar de todos la caída;
es la luz del día aqueste mozuelo;
este es el cordero que San Juan dixera.

Mira bien queos quadre que ansina lo oyera,
Que Dios no pudiera hacer la mas que madre,
El quera su padre hoy della nascio
Y el que la drio su hijo so dixera.

Pues que ya tenemos lo que deseamos,
todos juntos vamos, presentes llevemos;
todos le daremos muestra voluntad,
pues a se igualar con el hombre viniera.

English.png English translation

Riu, riu, chiu,1 the river bank protects it,
As God kept the wolf from our lamb

The rabid wolf tried to bite her
But God Almighty knew how to defend her
He wished to create her impervious to sin
Nor was this maid to embody original sin

He who's now begotten is our mighty Monarch
Christ, our Holy Father, in human flesh embodied
He made himself small and so redeemed us:
He who was infinite became finite.

Many prophecies told of his coming,
And now in our days have we seen them fulfilled.
God became man, on earth we behold him,
And see man in heaven because he so willed.

A thousand singing angels2 I saw passing,
Flying overhead, sounding a thousand voices,
Exulting, "Glory be in the heavens,
And peace on Earth, for Jesus has been born."

He comes to give life to the dead,
He comes to redeem the fall of man;
This child is the light of day,
He is the very lamb Saint John prophesied.

God could call none greater mother
than she who gives birth to her father
and now calls him son.

Now we have gotten what we were all desiring,
Go we together to bear him gifts:
Let each give his will to the God who was willing
To come down to Earth man's equal to be.

1 nightingale's sounds 2 garzones might be rendered either "youths" or "cranes"