Noël ! Noël !
by Pierre-Jules Théophile Gautier (1861)
The sky is black, the earth is white;
Bells, ring gaily!
Jesus is born; the Virgin bends
Over him, her face tender.
No festooned curtains
Protect him from the cold,
Neither the spiders webs
That hang from the beams.
He shivers on fresh straw,
This dear little infant Jesus,
And to warm him
The donkey and ox, over him breathe,
A fringe of snow on the thatch,
Yet above the heavens open
And all in white, a choir of angels
Sing to the shepherds; “Noël ! Noël !”