Engl. Trans  Poulenc  Quatre motets pour le temps de noël
für gem. Chor a capp.:
1. O magnum mysterium;
2. Quem vidistis;
3. Videntes stellam;
4. Hodie Christus natus est

1. O great secret
and wonderful mystery,
that men and animals have seen
the new-born child in the manger.
Fortunate virgin,
whose body was found worthy
to bear the Lord Christ.

2. Whom did you see, you shepherds?
tell, report it to us!
Who appeared on earth?
We have seen the newborn
V.: Tell us what you saw
and report about the birth of Christ.

3. As the Wise Men saw the star,
they were filled with great joy;
they entered the inn
and gave the Lord gold,
frankincense and myrrh.

4. Christ is born today;
today, the saviour has appeared;
today, the angels sing on earth,
the archangels rejoice
today the righteous celebrate and call out
glory be to God in the highest, Alleluja.