Orientis Partibus (English translation)

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Orientis Partibus

Orientis partibus adventavit asinus
Pulcher et fortissimus, sarcinis aptissimus
 
Hez! Hez! Hez! Sire Asne, hez!
Hez! Hez! Hez! Sire Asne, hez!
 
Saltu vincit hymnulos, damnas et capreolos
Super dromedarios velox madianeos
 
Hez! Hez! Hez! Sire Asne, hez!
Hez! Hez! Hez! Sire Asne, hez!
 
Dum trahit vehicula, multa cum sarcinula
Illius mandibula dura terit pabula
 
Hez! Hez! Hez! Sire Asne, hez!
Hez! Hez! Hez! Sire Asne, hez!
 
Submitted by Nemo Thatch on Mon, 16/02/2015 - 17:49
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English translation

From Oriental countries

The donkey approaches from Oriental countries
Pretty and very strong, very used to loads
 
Hey! Hey! Hey! Sir donkey, hey!
Hey! Hey! Hey! Sir donkey, hey!
 
The young donkey defeats young deers and roes by jumping
It's faster than Midianites dromedaries
 
Hey! Hey! Hey! Sir donkey, hey!
Hey! Hey! Hey! Sir donkey, hey!
 
While it pulls its cart with a heavy load
With its jaw it shreds the hard forage
 
Hey! Hey! Hey! Sir donkey, hey!
Hey! Hey! Hey! Sir donkey, hey!
 
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Submitted by lylaphoenix on Sat, 07/03/2015 - 18:11
Added in reply to request by Nemo Thatch
Author's comments:

This is a Christmas song, in fact it's about the donkey that carried on its back the holy family to Bethlehem (:

(It's the first time I translate something from Latin to English, it was very funny 'cause I was used to translate Latin in Italian, that's pretty similar!)

Comments
Nemo Thatch    Sun, 08/03/2015 - 15:53

Is it a Christmas song? Hm. I don't understand the references, but I'll take your word for it. Thanks for the translation!

lylaphoenix    Sun, 08/03/2015 - 16:20

Yeah, it's the cover of a Christmas song, actually the first one.
When Jesus was about to born, his family was travelling from Nazareth to Bethlehem (it was Joseph's birth city and he had to go there because of a census). Since Mary was pregnant, they used a donkey to carry her. This song celebrates that donkey.
(medieval songs are strange, yes)

Nemo Thatch    Sun, 29/03/2015 - 20:05

I don't fully understand this album's fascination with the common ass, but I do love the direction they took with it.

lylaphoenix    Sun, 29/03/2015 - 20:39

Yeah, they decided to do a metal cover of ancient medieval songs Regular smile

Nemo Thatch    Tue, 31/03/2015 - 01:19

Actually, Eselsmesse is one of the least metal albums from a metal band I've ever heard, yet it's unique in that its musical direction didn't suck.

I don't suppose you're familiar with the album? It was performed in its entirety with bagpipes and other similar instruments, which creates a very festive, very energetic sound. I'd recommend Orientus Partibus and Lux Hodie if you can find them.