del nacimiento
(of the birth)


-Unison choir and harmonium (organ); optional harp and violin -High voice solo and harmoniu (organ); optional harp and violin

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Lehigh University Choir
Steven Sametz, director

The Princeton Singers
Steven Sametz, director
on "Christmas with The Princeton Singers"

Steven Sametz Publications

Program Notes

del nacimiento (Of the Birth) A haunting melody to be sung as a solo or by unison treble choir.  God, knowing Christ’s fate at his birth, weeps for his son, even as man rejoices.

Text / translation

from Del nacimiento, Romance 9 -Saint John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz) …Los hombres decian cantares, los ángeles melodía, festejando el desposorio qu’entre tales dos había; pero Dios en el pesebre allí lloraba y gemía, qu’eran joyas que la esposa al desposorio traía; y la Madre estaba en pasmo de que tal trueque veía: el llanto del hombre en Dios, y en el hombre l’alegría, lo cual del uno y otro tan ajeno ser solia. –San Juan de la Cruz (St. John of the Cross) born Juan de Yepes y Álvarez (1542-1591)


Men sang songs, angels melodies, celebrating the marriage taking place between the two; but God, there in the manger Moaned and wept tears that were jewels that the bride carried to the wedding and the Mother was amazed at such an exchange taking place: in God was man’s lament, and in man was joy, Each of these things usually so foreign to one another.


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