Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Little Clothes on the Grass

The 1913 Christmas Number of The Vineyard  (No. 39, Vol 27) includes this short folk song from Calabria (Italy), translated by Grace Warrack:

from The Vineyard (No. 39, Vol 27)

"When the Madonna went down to the brook,
To wash the little clothes of her sweet Son
She did not need to soak and let them soap,
Soil from the linen coming there was none.
And in the grass whereon she stretched them - look!
Flowers of every colour fair have grown!
So, soon again the little clothes she took,
Then folded them, and went and dressed her Son."

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