“D'ou Viens-Tu, Bergere?”


French: "'Where did you come from, shepherd girl?' 'I came from the stable... I saw a little child... Fairer than the moon... There his mother Mary did her babe enfold... Ox and ass before him... Then came three bright angels.'"


This is one of those Christmas songs built mostly around legends. There was no evidence that Bethlehem was cold at the time Jesus was born (for that matter, there is no evidence that it was in December), nor even that there were animals in his immediate vicinity. - RBW


  1. Fowke/Johnston, pp. 126-127, "D'ou Viens-Tu, Bergere" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fowke/MacMillan 42, "D'ou Viens-Tu, Bergere?" (1 English and 1 French text, 1 tune)
  3. BI, FJ126


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1865
Found in: Canada(Que)