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Monday, December 17, 2012

Here Betwixt Ass and Oxen Mild - A French Noel

This was a new carol to me - despite the fact that it is a bit ancient.  It's a 13th century French "Noel" (the information I have says that the tune is Gevaert) translated by Windred Douglas in 1940.



I recorded this in Ableton Live 8 - that's me on the cornet  (still not a french horn.).  I also used a drum beat from the Freesound Project.

You can download it here, if you like

1- Here betwixt ass and oxen mild,
Sleep, sleep, sleep my little child.
Angels from on high
hover in the sky
keeping watch above th'incarnate God of love.


2-Here in the crib, secure from harms,
Sleep, sleep, in your mother's arms.
Angels from on high
hover in the sky
keeping watch above th'incarnate God of love.


3-Here betwixt rose and lily white,
Sleep, sleep, sleep my son tonight.
Angels from on high
hover in the sky
keeping watch above th'incarnate God of love.


4-On this fair night of holy joy,
Sleep, sleep, sleep my little boy.
Angels from on high
hover in the sky
keeping watch above th'incarnate God of love.

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