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(In the hamlet)
Nissart lyrics by Joseph Giordan, music written down by Albert Blanchi. Traditional from County of Nice.

1st verse
Barba Glaudou ! Cousin Miquèu !
Sautas dau lièch e venès lèu ;
Anas sounar la parentella :
Vèni pèr v’anounçar un’urousa nouvella.
 Uncle (1) Claude! Cousin Michael!
Leap out of bed and come quickly;
Go and call relatives:
I come to announce you an happy news.

2nd verse
Cresès-vous toui ce que vous diéu :
Esta nuèch, es naissut un Diéu !
S’es averat la proufessïa,
Hosanna ! Hosanna ! Es vengut lou Messïa !
 Believe all of you what I’m saying:
Last night, a God was born!
It turned out, the prophecy,
Hosanna! Hosanna! He came, the Messiah!

3rd verse
Doun avèn avastat, amount,
Durmavan dintre d’un baumoun
Quoura auderian – noun es de faula –
Un ange n’en cantar esti belli paraula :
 Where we have driven the livestock (2), up there,
We were sleeping in a small cave
When we heard – it’s not a story –
An angel singing us these beautiful words:

4th verse
« Ralegras-vous, o bravi gènt,
Enanas-v’en à Betelèn ;
Troverès dintre d’un estable
Lou Bambin qu’asperas, l’Enfant Diéu adourable. »
 “Delight, oh nice people,
Go to Bethlehem;
You will find in a cowshed
The small child you are waiting, the sweet baby God.”

5th verse
Sus-lou-côu, mi siéu avïat,
Bèn que foussi mau dervihat ;
En courrènt, e sautant li riba,
Siéu vengut, fin aqui, vous countar ce qu’arriba.
 Outright, I get moving (3),
Though I was badly awaked;
Runing, and jumping over banks,
I came, as far as here, to relate you what is happening.

6th verse
— Se menchounes, pichoun capoun,
Tasteras de côu de bastoun.
— Noun ! Noun ! Noun ! Cresès-lou-vous pura,
Lou bouon Diéu es naissut e la nova es segura.
 — If you are lying, little rascal,
You will taste stick blows.
— No! No! No! Believe it yet,
The good Lord was born, and the news is sure.

7th verse
— S’es ensida, tu, Madalin,
Pouorte-li de peas de lin
Au Bambin, Sauvadou dôu mounde,
Qu’umblamen, tra lu pastre, en la grùpia s’escounde.
 — If it’s the case, you, Magdalen,
Bring him linen swaddling clothes
To the baby, Saviour of the world,
Who, humbly, among shepherds, in the crib is hiding.

8th verse
— Iéu, li douni’n vaset de mèu
Emé doui bèi gigot d’agnèu.
— Iéu, li pouorti de brous de fea
E, per que vegue clar, quauqu esteloun de tea.
 — I, I give him a small pot of honey
With two beautiful legs of lamb.
— I, I bring him ewe’s milk cheese
And, so that he sees well, some sticks (4).

9th verse
— Li oufrèn doui douzena d’ôu
E, de poum, un gros cavagnôu ;
De l’aver, la pu fina lana,
E, pèr lou bèn tapar, li pourtèn una vana.
 — We give him two dozens eggs
And, of apples, a large basket;
From the herd, the finest wool,
And, to well cover him, we bring him an eiderdown.

10th verse
— Teresoun ! Tu que parles bèn,
Li faras un bèu coumplimèn :
Li presenteras lu ôumage
Dei paisan e pastour dôu nouostre vuèi masage.
 — Tiresias! You who well speak,
You will pay him a nice compliment:
You will present him respects
Of peasants and shepherds from our old hamlet.

1. Barba: uncle; by extension, this name is given to anybody growing old.
2. Avastà or avastar: to drive the animals to the fields or pastures, at night, and sleep there.
3. Avià or aviar: to set off for the fields, to make one’s way, to leave.
4. Esteleta or esteloun: stick of wood; tea: twig of resinous wood used to light.

• revue Nice historique, Nice, n° 6, 1922, p. 169-170.


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