7. Don Oíche Úd I mBeithil
Don Oíche Úd I mBeithil is from Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration. Many of the members take part in this song, with Máiréad on the fiddle, Órla on the harp, David on the piano, and Méav and Chloë singing. While all of them contribute to this exquisite carol, Shannon, a harpist, and I, a fiddle player, chose this piece as one of the top ten because of the beauty of the harp and fiddle combined. The song is sung in Gaelic, but here is an English translation:I sing of a night in Bethlehem, A night as bright as dawn. I sing of that night in Bethlehem, The night the Word was born. The skies are glowing gaily, The earth in white is dressed. See Jesus in the cradle Drink deep in His mother’s breast. And there on a lonely hillside The shepherds bow down in fear, When the heavens open brightly And God’s message rings out so clear. Glory now to the Father In all the heavens high, And peace to His friends on earth below Is all the angels cry.
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