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Riu Riu Chiu

Riu Riu Chiu

(Spanish traditional arr Kwasnik/Solomons - performed by the dwsChorale)


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This is a villancico in honour of the BVM, arranged loosely on John Kwasnik's sequence, and performed by the dwsChorale.

I have added African drums to achieve a more "world music" feel.

This performance uses just three of the eight verses.



Riu, riu, chiu

La guarda ribera

Dios guardó el lobo

De nuestra cordera



El lobo rabioso La quiso morder

Mas Dios poderoso La supo defender

Quizola hazer que No pudiesse pecar

Ni aun original Esta virgen no tuviera



Riu, riu, chiu

La guarda ribera

Dios guardó el lobo

De nuestra cordera



Este qu'es nacido es el gran monarca,

Christo patriarca de carne vestido;

Ha nos redemido con se hazer chiquito

Aunqu'era infinito, finito se hiziera.



Riu, riu, chiu

La guarda ribera

Dios guardó el lobo

De nuestra cordera



Yo vi mil Garzones que andavan cantando,

Por aqui volando, haciendo mil sones,

Diziendo a gascones Gloria sea en el cielo

Y paz en el suelo pues sus nasciera.



Riu, riu, chiu

La guarda ribera

Dios guardó el lobo

De nuestra cordera




Riu, riu, chiu

The river bank protects it,

As God kept the wolf from our lamb



The rabid wolf tried to bite her

But God Almighty knew how to defend her

He wished to create her impervious to sin

Nor was this maid to embody original sin



Riu, riu, chiu

The river bank protects it,

As God kept the wolf from our lamb




He who's now begotten is our mighty Monarch

Christ, our Holy Father, in human flesh embodied

He has brought atonement by being born so humble

Though He is immortal, as mortal was created



Riu, riu, chiu

The river bank protects it,

As God kept the wolf from our lamb



A thousand singing herons

I saw passing,

Flying overhead, sounding

A thousand voices

Saying to the Gascons "Glory be in the

heavens, and peace on earth,

for He has been born."



Riu, riu, chiu

The river bank protects it,

As God kept the wolf from our lamb

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