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The Observance Of Christmas In Various Lands And Ages.

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THE FRENCH NOEL
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e author of "Pantagruel." His "Chansons de Noels nouvaulx"
was published in 1520, and contains carols in very varied styles, some naive and pious, others hardly quotable at the present day. One of his best-known pieces is a dialogue between the Virgin and the singers of the carol : Mary is asked and answers questions about the wondrous happenings of her life. Here are four verses about the Nativity :
" Or nous dites, Marie, Les neuf mois accomplis, Naquit le fruit de vie, Comme l'Ange avoit dit ?
 Oui, sans nulle peine Et sans oppression, Naquit de tout lc monde La vraie Redemption.
Or nous dites, Marie, Du lieu imperial, Fut-ce en chambre paree, Ou en Palais royal ?
 En une pauvre etable Ouverte a l'environ
Ou n'avait feu, ni flambe Ni latte, ni chevron.
Or nous dites, Marie, Oui vous vint visiter ; Les bourgeois de la ville Vous ont-ils confortee ?
 Oncque, homme ni femme N'en eut compassion,
Non plus que d'un esclave D'etrange region.
Or nous dites, Marie, Des pauvres pastoureaux Qui gardaient es montagnes Leurs brebis & aigneaux.
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