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The Observance Of Christmas In Various Lands And Ages.

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THE CHRISTIAN FEAST
Oui fait la complaisance
Dei sui Patris.
Cct enfant tout aimablc,
In node media,
Est nc- dans une ctable,
De casta Maria.
Mille csprits angeliques,
"Juncti pastoribus,
Chantent dans leur musique,
Puer vobis natus,
Au Dieu par qui nous sommes,
Gloria in excelsis,
Et la paix soit aux hommes
Bonae voluntatis.
Ou'on ne soit insensible !
Adcamus omnes
A Dieu rendu passible,
,Propter nos mortales,
Et tous, de compagnie,
Deprecemur eum
Ou'a la fin de la vie,
Dei regnum beatum." 3
The sixteenth century is the most interesting Noel period ; we find then a conflict of tendencies, a conflict between Gallic realism and broad humour and the love of refined language due to the study of the ancient classics. There are many anony­mous pieces of this time, but three important Noelistes stand out by name : Lucas le Moigne, Cur6 of Saint Georges, Puy-la-Garde, near Poitiers; Jean Daniel, called " Maitre Mitou," a priest-organist at Nantes; and Nicholas Denisot of Le Mans, whose Noels appeared posthumously under the pseudonym of "Comte d'Alsinoys."
Lucas le Moigne represents the esprit gaulois, the spirit that is often called " Rabelaisian," though it is only one side of the genius of Rabelais. The good Cure was a contemporary of
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