Il est né, le divin Enfant!

This traditional French carol was first published in R. Grosjean's Airs des noels lorrain in 1862. I chose to arrange this tune in the style of Provencal music: the high melody string of the hurdy gurdy together with the low drum evoke the traditional sound of Provencal music of the fife and tambour.

He is born, the divine Christ child!

Shawm and bagpipe sound his praises!

Christ is born a child on earth!

Sing we all his holy birth!

Jesus, man and God in one,

Helpless babe and King all-powerful;

Jesus, man and God in one,

Hail thy rule on earth begun!

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