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(Wow! Let’s lead rejoicing)
Lyrics and music by Nicolas Saboly, known as Micoulau Sabòli. Traditional from Provence.
Tune Quand vous serez, etc.

Nicolas Saboly has proposed two versions for this Christmas carol, whose first one is on familiar tune Quand vous serez, etc. (When you will be...). The 2nd verse refers to seditions and bloody struggles which have happened in Avignon from 1652 to 1665, and known as “Fronde avignonaise”. See also Viven urous e countènt.

This Christmas carol has been published on 1668 in the 1st book. It appears with number 7 in the Fr. Seguin’s new edition.

1st verse
Ça ! menen rejouïssènço,
Fasen fèsto dòu bonur
Que nous porto la neissènço
De Jèsu noste Sauvur
E perden la souvenènço
De nòstei darnié malur. (twice)
 Wow! Let’s lead rejoicing,
Let’s celebrate happiness
That brings us the birth
Of Jesus, our Saviour,
And let’s forget the memory
Of our previous hardships. (twice)

2nd verse
Erian dins un grand desordre
E lou voulian bèn ansin ;
Sounjavian rèn qu’à nous mordre
L’un l’autre coume de chin.
Sènso Diéu que li a mes ordre,
N’en vesian jamai la fin. (twice)
 We were in a great disorder
And we wanted that in this way;
We only considered to bite
Each other as dogs do.
Without God that has restored order,
We never could see the end. (twice)

3rd verse
Se sian foro la misèro,
Grand Diéu ! lou devèn qu’à vous.
Avès fa noste Sant Pèro
Sage, bon, clemènt e dous,
Que n’a ni fèu ni coulèro
E que n’es pas rigourous. (twice)
 If we went out of miseries,
Great Lord, we only owe to you.
You made our Holy Father (1)
Wise, good, clement and kind,
Who gets neither anger nor wrath
And who isn’t severe (2). (twice)

4th verse
Avèn tan de temouniage
De sa bono voulounta
Que lei vilos e vilage
Que soun dedins lou coumtat
Auran segur l’avantage
De se vèire bèn trata. (twice)
 We get so many evidences
Of his goodwill
That towns and villages
Which are in the County (3)
Will get, that’s for sure, the advantage
To see them well treated. (twice)

5th verse
Preguen dounc l’Agnèu qu’esfaço
Toutei nòstei mancamen.
Que counserve dins sa graço
Noste bon papo Clement
E que li garde sa plaço
Au dessus dòu fiermamen. (twice)
 So let’s pray the Lamb who erases
All of our breaches.
Let him retain in his grace
Our good Pope Clement (4)
And let him keep his place
Above the firmament. (twice)

1. The Pope recently elected.
2. Rigourous, inclement, strict, rigid, harsh, severe.
3. County of Avignon and Comtat Venaissin (capital city Carpentras) belonged to Popes from 1274 to 1791.
4. Jules de Rospigliosi, elected Pope on June 20th 1667, under the name of Clement IX.

• Saboly (Nicolas), first book of Christmas carols, Pierre Offray printer, Avignon, 1668.
• Recueil des noëls composés en langue provençale (Collection of Christmas carols composed in Provençal language), reprint Fr. Seguin, printer and bookseller, Avignon, 1856, p. 10-11.


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