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The Observance Of Christmas In Various Lands And Ages.

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THE CHRISTIAN FEAST
y por darnos el vivir padecio frio en el heno, nuestro Jesus Nazareno." * *7
More of a peasant flavour is found in some snatches of Christmas carols given by Fernan Caballero in her sketch, " La Noche de Navidad."
" Ha nacido en un portal, Llenito de telarafias, Entre la mula y el buey El Redentor de las almas.
En el portal de Belen Hay estrella, sol y luna : La Virgen y San Jose
Y  el nifio que esta en la cuna.
En Belen tocan a fuego, Del portal sale la llama, Es una estrella del cielo, Que ha caido entre la paja.
Yo soy un pobre gitano Que vengo de Egipto aquf,
Y  al nifio de Dios le traigo Un gallo quiquiriqui
Yo soy un pobre gal lego Oue vengo de la Galicia,
Y  al nifio de Dios le traigo Lienzo para una camisa.
" Within a poor manger and covered with hay lies Jesus of Nazareth. In the hay lies stretched the Eternal Son of God ; to deliver from hell man whom He had created, and to kill sin, our Jesus of Nazareth is content with the hay. He rests between two animals who warm Him from the cold, He who remedies our ills with His great power ; His kingdom and seigniory are the world and the calm heaven, and now He sleeps in the hay. He counts it good to bear the cold and fare thus, having no robe to protect or cover Him, and to give us life He suffered cold in the hay, our Jesus of Nazareth."
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