E la don don Verges Maria (Anonymous)

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General Information

Title: E la don don Verges Maria
Composer: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, a-a', g-a', e-a', A-c
Genre: SacredVillancico

Language: Catalan
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1556 in Cancionero de Upsala, no. 45, p. 39

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Original text and translations

Catalan.png Catalan text

E la don don, Verges Maria,
E la don don, peu cap de sang
Que nos densaron.
E la don don.

1. O garçons aquesta nit
Una verge n'a parit,
Un filio qu'es tro polit,
Que non au tan en lo mon.
E la don don.

2. Digas nos qui te l'a dit,
Que Verges n'a ya parit,
Que nos may avem ausit
Lo que tu diu giràn ton.
E la don don.

3. A eo dian los argeus,
Que cantavan alta veus
La grolla n'exelsis Deus,
Qu'en Belén lo trobaron.
E la don don.

4. Per señau nos an birat,
Que verets embolicat
De drapets, molt mal faxat,
Lo ver Diu petit garçon.
E la don don.

5. Vin Perot y à Diu veray,
Y a la verge s'a may
Un sorron li porteray,
Que serà ple de coucon;
E la don don.

6. Ara canta tu Beltran,
Per amor deu Sant Infan,
Y apres cantarà Joan,
Y donar nos an coucon.
E la don don.

7. Ube cantarà sus dich,
Per Jesus mon bon amich,
Que nos saunara la nit
De tot mal qu'an hom fedorn.
E la don don.

English.png English translation

She is our Lady, the Virgin Mary.
and "don don", bright pale are the feet
that dance for us,
and she is our Lady.

1. O lads! On this night
a virgin gave birth
to a fine boy
without equal in this world.

2. "Say who told you so,
that a virgin gave birth,
for we've never heard the like."

3. "The angels said so
singing in loud voices
'Gloria in excelis Deus',
and he is to be found in Bethlehem."