Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas is Here: English Translation of Ang Pasko ay Sumapit song

Christmas is Here: English Translation of Ang Pasko ay Sumapit song
An excerpt of Ang Pasko ay Sumapit by Levi Celerio. Picture credit: Adoration of the Magi by Bartolome Esteban Murillo (Public Domain).

I am a fan of Levi Celerio as a poet and lyricist. He was the one who wrote the lyrics for the song "Ang Pasko ay Sumapit", which was set into music by V. Rubi. I'll propose a translation of the poem that follows the song's metrical structure, so that it can be sung. The forward slash (/) means that a syllable is broken into two. It is difficult to follow the rhyming scheme. Nevertheless, I tried to make at least two consecutive lines rhyme per stanza as loose heroic couplets.


A. Christmas Is Here (Ang Pasko ay Sumapit)

by Levi Celerio
English translation by Monk's Hobbit 

Christm/as i/s he/re
Let us a/ll sing together
Some good songs for the season
For God is love--that is the reason

When Jesus Christ was bo/rn
Three Wise Men came--their journey long
And each o/ne of them
Offered the/ir gifts to the newborn king

In th/is New Year let's live a new life!
That our countr/y be safe from all strife
Let us all str/ive that we may all find
Happiness and prosperi/ty

Let us a/ll sing together
While the wo/rld lies in slumber
Christm/as day has co/me
A chi/ld w/as sent from heaven

Let us lo/ve one another
Let us obey the golden measure
And sta/rting today
Even not on Christmas day
May we learn to give

B. Christmas is Here (Literal Translation)

by Levi Celerio

Christmas is here
Let us all sing
beautiful hymns
Because God is love.

When Christ was born
There were three Kings who visited
And each one of them
Offered their unique gifts.

(This) new year live a new life
That our country may find happiness.
Let us all work hard so that we can
Achieve prosperity.

Let us all sing
While the world is quiet.
Now comes the day
Of the Child sent by heaven.

Let us love each other.
Let us follow the golden rule.
And starting now
Even if it is not Christmas
Let us give to each other.

C. Ang Pasko ay Sumapit (Original Version)

by Levi Celerio

Ang Pasko ay sumapit     
Tayo ay mangagsi-awit   
Ng magagandang himig 
Dahil sa ang Diyos ay pag-ibig
Nang si Kristo ay isilang
May tatlong haring nagsidalaw
At ang bawat isa
Ay nagsipaghandog ng tanging alay

Bagong taon ay magbagong-buhay
Nang lumigaya ang ating bayan
Tayo'y magsikap upang makamtan
Natin ang kasaganaan

Tayo'y mangagsi-awit
Habang ang mundo'y tahimik
Ang araw ay sumapit
Ng Sanggol na dulot ng langit
Tayo ay magmahalan
Ating sundin ang gintong aral
At magbuhat ngayon
Kahit hindi Pasko ay magbigayan

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