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Entre le bœuf et l'âne gris
(French Christmas Carol)

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"Entre le bœuf et l'âne gris" (from the 13th century) is the oldest French carol that's still sung today.

Entre le bœuf et l'âne gris
Between the Ox and the Gray Ass
Chanson de Noël
(French)
Christmas Carol
(English)

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Entre le bœuf et l'âne gris
Dort, dort, dort le petit fils,
Mille anges divins, mille séraphins
Volent à l'entour de ce grand Dieu d'amour.

Entre les pastoureaux jolis,
Dort, dort, dort le petit fils,
Mille anges divins, mille séraphins
Volent à l'entour de ce grand Dieu d'amour.

Entre les roses et les lys,
Dort, dort, dort le petit fils,
Mille anges divins, mille séraphins
Volent à l'entour de ce grand Dieu d'amour.

Entre les deux bras de Marie,
Dort, dort, dort le petit fils,
Mille anges divins, mille séraphins
Volent à l'entour de ce grand Dieu d'amour.

Between the ox and the gray ass,
Sleeps, sleeps, sleeps the little son,
A thousand divine angels, a thousand seraphs
Fly around this great God of love.

Between the nice shepherds,
Sleeps, sleeps, sleeps the little son,
A thousand divine angels, a thousand seraphs
Fly around this great God of love.

Between roses and lilies,
Sleeps, sleeps, sleeps the little son,
A thousand divine angels, a thousand seraphs
Fly around this great God of love.

Between the two arms of Mary
Sleeps, sleeps, sleeps the little son,
A thousand divine angels, a thousand seraphs
Fly around this great God of love.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translation: Monique Palomares

Image: Panel by Conrad von Soest, Germany, 1403.

Many thanks to Edit' Dupont for contributing and singing this song for Mama Lisa's World.

Many thanks to Monique Palomares for singing this song for us!

3rd Recording: Ruth Golding

Merci beaucoup!

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