Noël nouvelet (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2019-08-06)  CPDL #54990:   
Editor: Jonathan Merrett (submitted 2019-08-06).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SATB with piano accompaniment and flute solo
Arranger: Jonathan Merrett
  • CPDL #13052:       
Editor: Pietro Battiston (submitted 2006-11-10).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 303 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Provided LilyPond file produces 4 separated MIDI files. To concatenate them, I used midcat.

General Information

Title: Noël nouvelet
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Noël nouvelet, Noël chantons ici
devotes gens, crions a Dieu merci
Chantons Noël pour le Roi nouvelet
Noël nouvelet Noël chantons ici.

En Bethleem Marie et Josephis
l'âne et le boeuf, l'enfant couché au lit
La crèche était au lieu d'un bercelet
Noël nouvelet Noël chantons ici.

L'étoile y vis qui la nuit éclaircit
Qui d'Orient ou elle avait sorti.
En Bethleem les trois Rois amenet
Noël nouvelet Noël chantons ici.

L'un portant l'or, l'autre la myrrhe aussi
l'autre l'encens qu'il faisait bon sentir.
Du paradis semblait le jardinet
Noël nouvelet Noël chantons ici.

En trente jours Noël fut accompli.
En douze vers sera mon chant fini
En chacun jours j'en ai fait un couplet
Noël nouvelet Noël chantons ici.

English.png English translation

Noël nouvelet, sing we a new Noël
Thank we now our God, and of His goodness tell;
Sing we Noël to greet the newborn King;
Noël nouvelet, a new Noël we sing!

Waking from my sleep, a vision came to me;
For before my eyes there stood a flow'ring tree,
Where on a bright red rosebud I did see.
Noël nouvelet, a new Noël sing we.

How my heart did glow, with inward joy divine!
For with rays of glory did the rosebud shine,
As when the sun doth blaze on break of day.
This new Noël sing we: Noël nouvelet!

Then a tiny bird ceased joyous song to say
Unto certain shepherds: "Haste you now away!
In Bethlehem the newborn Lamb you'll see."
Noël nouvelet, a new Noël sing we!

Mary and Joseph in Beth'lem they found,
Where the infant lay, with ox and ass around,
And for a crib, their manger full of hay.
This new Noël sing we: Noël nouvelet!

So, upon my bed, I saw these wonders all, "
Dreaming of a Child, an Infant Child so small:
Jesus of Naz'reth, called a King to be.
Noël nouvelet, a new Noël sing we!