giovedì 17 dicembre 2015

L'ALBERO DELLA NATIVITA'

Dal bel sito  Bible Story Teller, dal quale si possono ascoltare in un ottimo inglese le storie della Bibbia lette e qualche volta con dei filmati come questo.
http://www.biblestoryteller.co.uk/

Ecco il testo della filastrocca:

Every year in the month of December
There's a story that we should remember
About the birth of a baby boy
Sent by God, to bring us joy
It started in a place called Galilee
Where Mary the virgin was a bride to be
She was sitting in her house, all alone
When suddenly an angel appeared in her home
She was scared, she was frightened, she was shaking too
But the angel said, “Mary, the Lord is with you”
He said “I bring good news, you're the chosen one,
You're going to have a baby, God's own son”
“You've got to call Him Jesus, He'll be the King,
And He'll rule forever over everything!”
“OK” said Mary “If God says so,
But how am I going to explain this to my boyfriend Joe?”
Well when Joseph heard the news it was too much to handle
But he didn't want to cause any scandal
So Joseph made plans for a quiet divorce
But God had other ideas, of course
“Fear not!” said the angel to Joe in a dream
“Let me explain what all of this means”
“I know this will sound a little bit odd
But Mary's baby boy is the Son of God.”
“Listen to me, swallow your pride,
Don't be afraid to make Mary your bride”
So Joseph began to make preparations
He ordered a cake and he sent invitations
Now the Emperor of Rome, Caesar Augustus,
Decided it was time that they had a census
So from his palace in the land of Italy
The Emperor issued this decree
“Count everyone in the Roman world
Every man, every woman, every boy and every girl
Write down their names, find out the facts
Tell me who should be paying my tax”
Everybody had to register in their home town
So the land was full of people travelling up and travelling down
They all had to pack up, to get up and go
They didn't have a choice, so Mary and Joe
Borrowed a donkey, waved goodbye and then
They headed off south to the town of Bethlehem
But when they got there, there was nowhere to stay
So they ended up sleeping where the animals lay
Mary's little baby boy was born that night
His mum and dad had never seen a lovelier sight
They laid him in a manger because they didn't have a bed
And they called the baby Jesus, just like the angel said
Now there were shepherds on the hillside, sitting on the ground
When an angel appeared and there was light all around
“Good news!” said the angel, “Go to Bethlehem,
For today the Son of God has come to men”
So the shepherds got up and they ran to the town
And when they saw Jesus, they all bowed down
Then they ran through the streets and they told everyone
“We've seen Christ the Lord, the King has come!”
Way up in the sky a star was shining bright
To tell the world the Saviour had been born that night
And from far in the east a group of wise men
Followed that star to Jerusalem
They were looking for a boy who was born to be king
So they went to King Herod and they told him everything
“Let me know where you find him”, the king said to them
“I think that he's somewhere in Bethlehem”
When the wise men found Jesus they gave him their presents
There was gold, there was myrrh and a bottle of incense
But they didn't tell Herod where Jesus was living
Because they knew that the King just wanted to kill him
Then the angel appeared in a dream once again
And told Joe to get out of Bethlehem
So Mary and Joseph and Jesus too
Ran away to Egypt til the danger was through
When King Herod died they were finally free
And they went back home to Nazareth in Galilee
And that's the story that we should remember
Every year in the month of December.

Copyright Gavin Owen 2004

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