Poesie di Natale in inglese

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Conosciamo tante poesie di Natale in italiano, ma quante ne sappiamo in inglese tra quelle tradizionali? Ecco qualche esempio di componimento che abbiamo trovato su internet:
The Holly and the Ivy
The holly and the ivy

Now both are full well grown.
Of all the trees are in the wood,

The holly bears the crown.



Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas, my dear good friend

To serve you ever was my end,

If you will, me something give,

I’ll serve you ever while I live.

Author Unknown


A little child,

A shining star.

A stable rude,

The door ajar.

Yet in that place,

So crude, folorn,

The Hope of all

The world was born.

Author Unknown

Now Have Good Day

Now have good day, now have good day.
I am Christmas, and now I go my way.

Here have I dwelt with more or less,
From Hallow-tide till Candlemas,
And now must I from you hence pass,

Now have good day.

English Traditional c. 1540

When Santa Claus Comes

A good time is coming, I wish it were here,
The very best time in the whole of the year;
I’m counting each day on my fingers and thumbs-
The weeks that must pass before Santa Claus comes.

Then when the first snowflakes begin to come down,
And the wind whistles sharp and the branches are brown,
I’ll not mind the cold, though my fingers it numbs,
For it brings the time nearer when Santa Claus comes.

Author Unknown

Little Donkey


Little donkey, little donkey,
On the dusty road.
Got to keep on plodding onwards,
With your precious load.

Been a long time, little donkey,
Through the winter’s night.
Don’t give up now, little donkey,
Bethlehem’s in sight

Ring out those bells tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem.
Follow that star tonight,
Bethlehem, Bethlehem.

Little donkey, little donkey,
Had a heavy day.
Little donkey, carry Mary safely on her way.

Little donkey, little donkey,
On the dusty road.
There are wise men waiting for a
Sign to bring them here.

Do not falter, little donkey,
There’s a star ahead.
It will guide you, little donkey,
To a cattle shed.



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