Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Carol: The Beautiful Mother

Happy Christmas

We sang this song as  children, at the carol service in st Eunan's Cathedral, Letterkenny. I loved it then, and have searched for it for years. Here it is sung here by John Foley,S.J. The original lyrics of  The Beautiful Mother were written by Jacopone da Todi, who was a 13th century Franciscan friar from Umbria, Italy.  The Stabat Mater is conventionally attributed to him.

The Beautiful Mother
Words: Adapted from the Latin of Jacopone da Todi.
Thirteenth Century.

The beautiful Mother is bending
    Low where her Baby lies
Helpless and frail, for her tending;
    But she knows the glorious eyes.

The Mother smiles and rejoices
    While the Baby laughs in the hay;
She listens to heavenly voices:
    'The child shall be King, one day.

O dear little Christ in the manger,
    Let me make merry with Thee.
O King, in my hour of danger,
    Wilt Thou be strong for me?

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