Songs of the Season – There Was Great Rejoicing/Nova radosť stala

(,,,and not the Monty Python kind!)

Getting back to kolady, I think there are a good number that ought to have a wider audience, though that is often somewhat difficult, as there tend to be issues with finding good versions in English, recording quality, etc.

This is one that I like that I know in English as “There Was Great Rejoicing” although there are at least two more translations that have been published.

There Was Great Rejoicing

There was great rejoicing
On this Christmas morning
O’er the manger softly glowing
The bright star was shining

O’er the manger softly glowing
The bright star was shining

Christ was borne in glory
Of the Virgin Mary
Let us humbly like the Shepherds
Kneel in adoration

Let us humbly like the Shepherds
Kneel in adoration

Angels softly singing
Glory, praise proclaiming
From the heavens to the manger
Praising Christ the Savior

From the heavens to the manger
Praising Christ the Savior

I *think* that in this version, they sing “From the heavens to the people”, but I left what I know better in here.

And, in Rusyn:

Nova radost’ stala/Нова радость стала

In addition to the “Carol of the Bells” playlist, I’ve started a general playlist of Christmas songs that will include pieces mentioned here, for anyone interested. I hope to have some more stuff organized soon!


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