The gifts (Charles M. Herrold, Jr.)

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  • (Posted 2022-10-11)  CPDL #71109:   
Editor: Charles M. Herrold, Jr. (submitted 2022-10-11).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 142 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The gifts
Composer: Charles M. Herrold, Jr.
Lyricist: Adolf Rudhardt, translated from the French by C.M.H.create page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 2022
Description: Pastoral for Christmas or Epiphany. The original French text was set by Frank Martin as Les cadeaux, no. 1 of Trois chants de Noël, 1947.

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Original text and translations

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I saw three kings on the road,
each one more handsome than the others,
their hands full of gifts.
Next to theirs, what will ours be?
Almost nothing!
They placed myrrh, gold, and frankincense
beside the little prince.
Our poor presents seemed very slight compared with the treasures of three lands.
He gazed at the jewels while we stood, saying nothing.
Then he looked our way, and his first smile was for us.