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Noël des jouets

Language: French

Le troupeau verni des moutons
Roule en tumulte vers la crêche
Les lapins tambours, brefs et rêches,
Couvrent leurs aigres mirlitons.
Vierge Marie, en crinoline.
Ses yeux d'émail sans cesse ouverts,
En attendant Bonhomme hiver
Veille Jésus qui se dodine
Car, près de là, sous un sapin,
Furtif, emmitoufflé dans l'ombre
Du bois, Belzébuth, le chien sombre,
Guette l'Enfant de sucre peint.
Mais les beaux anges incassables
Suspendus par des fils d'archal
Du haut de l'arbuste hiémal
Assurent la paix des étables.
Et leur vol de clinquant vermeil
Qui cliquette en bruits symétriques
S'accorde au bétail mécanique
Dont la voix grêle bêle:
"Noêl! Noêl! Noêl!"

Translation(s): SPA ENG


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * SPA Spanish (Victor Torres) , "Navidad de los juguetes", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Noël of the toys", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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