Jesus is born, tender and pale,
Who wishes in spite of Satan,
To save, by death itself,
The sinful sons of Adam.
Keep, O winter, your southerly breeze [blowing],
[for]God lies naked in the wind.
Let your souls sing,
O angels veiled in gold,
In the heavens flowering with flames,
With the sounds of the Kinnor,
Do not play too loudly,
For the Christ Jesus is sleeping.
From your worries, in the shadows,
All of you leave the flock behind;
You whose heart is dark,
Look upon Jesus, so beautiful.
He will smile soon,
Do not groan so loudly anymore!
Jesus Playing with an Angel, is an original painting by myself; inspired by early French Renaissance sculpture. For the time being, it is an egg tempera line painting with a light wash applied. (Completed in 2015 VIEW HERE).
Jésus naît, tendre et blême: This traditional Christmas carol is enchanting. It is included on a CD that I first listened to earlier this year and now highly recommend.
About the composer:
Thoinot Arbeau, original name Jehan Tabourot (born March 17, 1520, Dijon, Fr.—died July 23, 1595, Langres), theoretician and historian of the dance, whose Orchésographie (1588) contains carefully detailed, step-by-step descriptions of 16th-century and earlier dance forms.
Ordained a priest in 1530, he became a canon at Langres (1547), where he was encouraged to pursue his studies by the Jesuits, who considered dance to be educationally important.
There is a second set of lyrics corresponding to this melody called "Beautiful One who Holds my Life", with one translation on the lower right and one here.
In true poetic fashion, these verses can be regarded as the bliss between earthly lovers or interpreted as the writings of one pursuing and finding a higher, supernatural love.
Notes, Art, Photography CMJENTZ ©2013-2018
My website template has been updated. NOTES pages might have font and pictorial placement discrepancies.
All content ©LumenChristiArt.com,
Christine M. (CM) Jentz.
For comments or inquiries please
contact me. Commissions accepted.
“It is with the smallest brushes that the artist paints the most exquisitely beautiful pictures.” (St. André Bessette)