El cant dels ocells

Lyrics - Catalan

(Catalan folk song)

Al veure despuntar
el major lluminar
en la nit més ditxosa,
//els ocellets cantant,
a festejar-lo van
amb sa veu melindrosa.//(repeat)

L’àguila imperial
se’n vola cel adalt,
cantant amb melodia,
//dient: Jesús és nat,
per treure’ns de pecat
i dar-nos alegria.//(repeat)

Repon-li lo pardal:
Avui, nit de Nadal,
és nit de gran contento!
//El verdum i el lluer
diuen cantant, també :
“Oh, quina alegria sento!//(repeat)

Cantava el passerell :
Oh, que hermós i que bell
és l’infant de Maria!
//I li respon el tord :
Vençuda n’és la mort,
ja naix la vida mia !//(repeat)

English Translation – The song of the birds

In seeing emerge
The greatest light
During the most celebrated of nights,
//The little birds sing.
They go to celebrate Him
With their delicate voices.//(repeat)

The imperial eagle
flies high in the sky,
singing melodically,
//saying, “Jesus is born
To save us all from sin
And to give us joy.”//(repeat)

The sparrow responds,
Today, this Christmas Eve,
Is a night of good cheer!”
//The greenfinch and the siskin
Say in singing, too,
“Oh, what joy I feel!”//(repeat)

The linnet sang,
“Oh, how lovely and beautiful
Is the child of Mary!”
//The thrush answers:
“Death is conquered,
My life now begins!”//(repeat)

See also


  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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