Special Christmas Edition

Hello again, and welcome to our special Christmas edition of 羽曳野古市英会話の英国音楽!

The Mediæval Bæbes

The Mediæval Bæbes are an all-female musical ensemble with a passion for medieval music.

Their albums feature poetry set to music (the lyrics on the track played during the opening sequence of the 2006 BBC four-part miniseries The Virgin Queen are an adaptation of a poem written by Elizabeth I), traditional songs, and some original compositions.

The Bæbes sing not only in modern English but also in Middle English, Cornish, Welsh, Irish, Scottish English, Latin, French, Italian, Russian, Swedish, German, Manx Gaelic, Spanish, Bavarian, Provençal…

Some songs are genuine traditional pieces, others, modern songs arranged in a traditional manner. The recordings include traditional instruments as well as non-medieval instruments like the saxophone and electric guitar. The legendary John Cale of the Velvet Underground coproduced their third album Undrentide in 2000.

We share with you excerpts from their Christmas-themed 2003 album Mistletoe and Wine.

“We Three Kings”

Lyrics

“We three kings of Orient are

Bearing gifts we traverse afar

Field and fountain, moor and mountain

Following yonder star

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain

Gold I bring to crown Him again

King forever, ceasing never

Over us all to reign

O Star of wonder, star of night

Star with royal beauty bright

Westward leading, still proceeding

Guide us to Thy perfect light

Frankincense to offer have I

Incense owns a Deity nigh

Prayer and praising, all men raising

Worship Him, God most high

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume

Breathes of life of gathering gloom

Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying

Sealed in the stone-cold tomb

O Star of wonder, star of night

Star with royal beauty bright

Westward leading, still proceeding

Guide us to Thy perfect light

Glorious now behold Him arise

King and God and Sacrifice

Alleluia, Alleluia

Earth to heav’n replies

O Star of wonder, star of night

Star with royal beauty bright

Westward leading, still proceeding

Guide us to Thy perfect light”

“Salva nos” (Latin)

Lyrics (Latin)

“Salva nos, stella maris

Et regina caelorum

Salva nos, stella maris

Et regina caelorum

Que pura deum paris

Salva nos, stella maris

Et per rubum signaris

Nesciens viri thorum

Salva nos, stella maris

Et regina caelorum

O virgo specialis

Salva nos, stella maris

Sis nobis salutaris

Imperatrix caelorum

Salva nos, stella maris

Et regina caelorum

Tu mater expers paris

Salva nos, stella maris

Manna celeste paris

Et panem angelorum

Salva nos, stella maris

Et regina celorum

O parens expers maris

Salva nos, stella maris

Partu non violaris

Paris sanctum sanctorum

Salva nos, stella maris

Et regina celorum

Celeste manna paris

Salva nos, stella maris

Lux cecis, dux ignaris

Solamen angelorum

Salva nos, stella maris

Et regina caelorum

Salva nos, stella maris

Et regina caelorum”

English translation: “Save us”

“Save us, star of the sea

and queen of heaven

Save us, star of the sea

and queen of heaven

who is pure and bore god

Save us, star of the sea

and by bush indicated

nescient of man’s bed

Save us, star of the sea

and queen of heaven

O special virgin

Save us, star of the sea

Be our salvation

Empress of heaven

Save us, star of the sea

and queen of heaven

You mother without equal

Save us, star of the sea

Heavenly manna coequal

and bread of angels

Save us, star of the sea

and queen of heaven

O parent without mate

Save us, star of the sea

by birth not maculate

you bore the holiest of holy

Save us, star of the sea

and queen of heaven

Heavenly manna (you) bore

Save us, star of the sea

Light of the blind, leader of the ignorant

Solace of the angels

Save us, star of the sea

and queen of heaven

Save us, star of the sea

and queen of heaven”

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