The gifts (Charles M. Herrold, Jr.)
- Editor: Charles M. Herrold, Jr. (submitted 2022-10-11). Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 142 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
First published: 2022
Description: Pastoral for Christmas or Epiphany. The original French text was set by Frank Martin as Les cadeaux, no. 1 of Trois chants de Noël, 1947.
Original text and translations
I saw three kings on the road,
each one more handsome than the others,
their hands full of gifts.
Next to theirs, what will ours be?
They placed myrrh, gold, and frankincense
beside the little prince.
Our poor presents seemed very slight compared with the treasures of three lands.
He gazed at the jewels while we stood, saying nothing.
Then he looked our way, and his first smile was for us.