In this poor stable (Charles Gounod)

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Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2008-12-29).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 29 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: "In that poor stable" Bethléem, CG 192c "Dans cette étable" (4 Grands chœurs, No.2)
Composer: Charles Gounod, based on a traditional French melody

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English?
Instruments: orchestra? A cappella?

First published:
Description: "sur un noël du XVIIIe siècle"

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Original text and translations

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In that poor stable
how charming Jesus lies,
words are not able
to fathom his emprise!
No palace of a king
can show so rare a thing
in history or fable
As that of which we sing
In that poor stable.

See here God's power
In weakness fortifies
This infant hour
of Love's epiphanies!
Our foe is now despoiled,
The wiles of hell are foiled;
On earth there grows a flower
pure, undefiled, unsoiled -
See here God's power!

Though far from knowing
the babe's divinity,
mine eyes are growing
to see his majesty;
For lo! the new born child
upon me sweetly smiled,
the gift of faith bestowing;
thus I my Lord descry
Though far from knowing

No more affliction!
For God endures our pains;
in crucifixion
the Son victorious reigns.
For us the sufferer brings
salvation in his wings;
to win our souls affection
could he, the King of kings,
know our affliction?