Epiphany Carol: What Shall We Give To The Child?

Matthias Grünewald - Concert of Angels and Nativity Date circa 1515 Oil on wood

"What Shall We Give To The Child"? is a lovely old Catalan carol. This version of it was arranged by Enrique Ribo, the English text is by James Woodhouse, it’s sung here by Worcester Cathedral Choir conducted by Donald Hunt, the treble soloist was William Carslake. Click the player below to listen, lyrics are below the fold. Enjoy :-).

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Lyrics: What Shall We Give To The Child?

What shall we give to the child of the Mother?
What shall we give that to him will taste good?
Hazel nuts, honeycomb, figs and ripe olives,
Honey and curds we will bring for his food.

What shall we give to the sweet son of Mary?
What shall we give to the beautiful child?
Figs in a basket and scales for to weigh them,
Sweet corn and figs we will bring to the child.

Tan-ta-ta-tan-ta, the figs are not ripened,
Tan-ta-ta-tan-ta, the figs are still green,
They will be ripe by the day of the palm leaves,
Ripe when the bright sun at Easter is seen.

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