Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Christmas holidays start for me today, so posting will be a bit slow for the next month or so (actually it will probably be pretty normal, given it's been pretty slow for the last month as well). A merry Christmas and a safe, relaxing, enjoyable holiday to all (if there's still anyone out there).

For your enjoyment over the festive season, here are a couple of Latin Christmas carols; a tarditional one, originally written in Latin, and one of my personal favourites, and a not so traditional one, originally written in English, but translated into Latin by someone with too much time on their hands.

Veni, veni Emmanuel!
Captivum solve Israel,
qui gemit in exsilio,
privatus Dei Filio.

CHORUS
Gaude, gaude; Emmanuel
nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni, O Jesse virgula!
Ex hostis tuos ungula,
de specu tuos tartarie
duc et antro barathri.

CHORUS

Veni, veni O Oriens!
Solare nos adveniens,
noctis depelle nebulas
dirasque noctis tenebras.

CHORUS

Veni, Clavis Davidica!
Regna reclude caelica!
Fac iter tutum superum
et claude vias inferum.

CHORUS

Veni, veni Adonai!
Qui populo in Sinai
legem dedisti vertice,
in Maiestate gloriae.

CHORUS

Veni, O Sapientia!
Quae hic disponis omnia,
veni, viam prudentiae
ut doceas et gloriae.

CHORUS

Veni, veni, Rex gentium!
Veni, Redemptor omnium,
ut salvas tuos famulos
peccati sibi conscios.

CHORUS



Reno erat Rudolphus
Nasum rubrum habebat;
Si quando hunc videbas,
Hunc candere tu dicas.

Omnes renores alii
Semper hunc deridebant;
Cum misero Rudolpho
In ludis non ludebant.

Santus Nicholas dixit
Nocte nebulae,
"Rudolphe, naso claro
Nonne carrum tu duces?"

Tum renores clamabant,
"Rudolphe, delectus es!
Cum naso rubro claro
Historia descendes!"

You can find all these and more at this site.

2 comments:

Natalie said...

Merry Christmas to you too Mr. M!!! Congrats on being a pater! What did you think of our latin results? I'd hate to think you were disappointed!! Hope we're having the latin dinner sometime soon!- i'm starting to forget who Catullus was! Hahaha just kidding with you. Catch you later.

jm said...

thanks natalie. I thought the whole class's results were pretty good, that you'd all worked hard and deserved them. i hope you're enjoying the loooong holiday, and that you get into the course you want at uni.

stay in touch.