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09. Nu zijt wellekome (oud kerstlied)

Composer: Anonymous / traditional
             arr. Remi Ghesquiere (1866-1964)


This music is assumed to be public domain in the USA. BEWARE: the modern-day recordings of that music are not!




 Score: #09 in 1922 ed. "Godvruchtige Zanger II, Honderd geestelijke Liederen"
Lyrics (source)  
(1) Nu zijt wellekome Jesu, lieve Heer,
Gij komt van alzo hoge, van alzo veer.
Nu zijt wellekome van de hoge hemel neer.
Hier al in dit aardrijk zijt Gij gezien nooit meer.
(2) Christe Kyrieleison, laat ons zingen blij,
Daarmeed' ook onze leisen beginnen vrij.
Jezus is geboren op de heilige kerstnacht,
Van een Maged reine, die hoog moet zijn geacht.
(3) D'herders op den velde hoorden een nieuw lied,
dat Jezus was geboren, zij wisten 't niet.
"Gaat aan geender straten en gij zult Hem vinden klaar;
Bethl'em is de stede, waar 't is geschied voorwaar."
(4) D'heilige drie Koon'gen uit zo verre land,
zij zochten onze Here met offerhand.
Z'offerden ootmoedelijk myr', wierook ende goud
t'ere van den Kinde, dat alle ding behoudt.

play/stop MIDI


My thanks and appreciation to
my parents Marcel and Mia Cuypers
for sending me this book.


Posted on YouTube:    
NorthPoleChristmas | August 08, 2009
♫ Santa dedicates this to the many different cultural traditions of Christmas. He wishes you all a Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas and asks you to please visit Chrismayka http://www.youtube.com/user/chrismayka They have a wonderful site and provided the song and translation for Elf Lollipop Leroux to create this video.

Santa wijdt dit aan de vele verschillende culturele tradities van Kerstmis. Hij wenst u allen een Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas en vraagt u om u naar Chrismayka http://www.youtube.com/user/chrismayka
Ze hebben een prachtige site en op voorwaarde dat de zang en vertaling voor Elf Lollipop Leroux om deze video.

Nu Zijt Wellekome ~ Created by Elf Lollipop Leroux of North Pole Christmas.

Traditions Of The Country:

To the Dutch, St. Nicholas' Day is the time for the greatest revelry of the Christmas season. Sinterklaas arrives from Spain on the last Saturday of November aboard a steamer named Pakjesboot 12. His grand arrival and subsequent celebration are broadcasted live on national television in the Netherlands and Belgium. He has a long red cape, wears a white bishop's dress and red bishop's hat, and holds a crosier, which is a long gold colored staff with a fancy curled top. He carries a big book that tells whether each child has been good or naughty in the past year.

Because Sinterklaas is so old he needs help which comes in the form of Zwarte Piet, also known as Black Pete. His black skin refers to his job as a chimney sweep and legend has it that naughty children were put in to his bag and taken back to Spain. However today you will find no children in this bag, it only contains candy for nice children and a chimneysweep's broom or roe, which is a bunch of willow branches used to spank the naughty children.

Come December 5th Dutch children eagerly await the arrival of Sinterklaas. Before going to bed they put their shoes next to the fireplace or central heating unit along with a carrot or some hay and a bowl of water for Sinterklaas horse, Amerigo. Upon his arrival, he leaves small gifts and treats, accompanied by a Sinterklaas poem, for them to enjoy.

Christmas decorations in the Netherlands include rustic Christmas décor such as pine and holly boughs, simple lights, and candles. Candy wreaths often decorate trees and small treats may be given with gifts. Stollen Christmas Cakes are like our fruit cake. They are a pastry which can contain a variety of ingredients such as dried fruits, raisins and currants, lemon and orange zest, chopped walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts and different spices such as cardamom and cinnamon.

December 25 is still a holiday in the Netherlands, but because the chief occasion for gift-giving is Sinterklaas Avond this latter part of the holiday season is generally more spiritual. It involves church services, concerts, and recitals showcasing religious material. This day is a time for family gatherings and delicious meals, including special breakfasts and formal dinners.


You are welcome Jesu, my dear Lord,
You come from very high abd far away.
You are welcome from high up above.
Here on earthly kingdom Thou weren't seen again.

Christe Kyrieleison, let us sing in joy,
With which our songs'll be starting free.
Jesus is born in the Holy Christmas Night,
Of a Virgin pure, in high standings.

The shepherds in the field heard a new song,
They didn't know Jesus was born.
Go in to further streets, and you will find him there;
Bethl'em is the town, were it all happened"

Three holy kings from far a land,
Searched our Lord with their sacrifice.
They gave myrrh, incense and gold
In the honour of the Child, that enholds.

.•:*¨ Vrolijk kerstfeest ¨*:•.

.•:*¨ Merry Christmas¨*:•.


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