Neapolitan bagpipe carol (Quando nascette ninno) (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2004-06-25)  CPDL #07329:     
Editor: Douglas Brooks-Davies (submitted 2004-06-25).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Traditional Neapolitan carol, translated and arranged by Douglas Brooks-Davies. See also Quanno nascette Ninno (Alfonso Maria de' Liguori)

General Information

Title: Neapolitan Bagpipe Carol (Quando Nascette Ninno)
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published:

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

Actual words in musical score:

Now when the tiny baby
In Beth'lem manger did lie
The night appeared as bright as the sun
In the midday sky.
Yet the stars glowed with such great beauty,
Shining like harbingers, speaking to all;
A brighter star did beam;
It called the magi from the east -
With its glorious summ'ning gleam.

Then over all the earth
did war and discord cease,
The roaring lion with the lamb
was seen to graze in peace.
See how the leopard and fatling
together in the fields gamble and play,
The bear with the calf feed,
And wolves, at one with sheep,
no longer show their greed.

The shepherds watch are keeping
beneath the midnight sky,
When suddenly, with sunlike blaze,
An angel calls from on high:
"Be not afraid, calm your fear,
I bring you good tidings of great joy,
Be happy and rejoice!
For lo, this night, this very night
to earth comes paradise.

Some alternative words to this carol:

English.png English text

Neapolitan Bagpipe Carol
Now when the new-born baby
In Bethlehem did lie
The night appeared as bright as the sun
In the shining noonday sky.
Shining so brightly,
glowing so lightly,
Thousands of stars cast their light upon earth
To greatest and to least.
The brightest of all
shone out to call
The wise men from the East.

To shepherds in the meadows

Who watched their flocks by night
An angel came in the heart of the fold
All ringed with heavenly light.
“Shepherds so humble,
shepherds so faithful,
Lift up your eyes, be not afraid –
Glad tidings you I bring,
For Christ the Lord, the dear Son of God,
Is born to be your King.”

Then men gave up their strife
And peace with mercy came:
The leopard so wild lay down with the calf
And the lion with the lamb.
No more anger, no more danger;
Swords into ploughshares, joy upon earth:
The wolf shall guard the fold.
All creatures rejoice with heart and voice –
Good will to all the world.