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Riu riu chiu (anon., «Cancionero de Uppsala», 1556)

Riu riu chiu (anon., «Cancionero de Uppsala», 1556)

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«Riu riu chiu»

Cancionero de Uppsala (1556)


From «Un niño nos es naçido» 28.11.21

Barfüsserkirche, Basel Historical Museum


Florencia Menconi – Voice
Giovanna Baviera – Voice
Ivo Haun – Voice
Elam Rotem – Voice
Félix Verry – Renaissance violin
Maria Ferré – Renaissance guitar


Musical director: Ivo Haun


Live concert recording: Oren Kirschenbaum
Moderation: Grace Newcombe and Marc Lewon

Downloads for singing along: 

Picture: Riu riu chiu, Cancionero de Uppsala, fol. 41v–42r.

Riu riu chiu, la guarda ribera; 
Dios guardo del lobo a nuestra cordera.

El lobo rabioso la quiso morder, 
mas Dios poderoso la supo defender; 
quisola hazer que no pudiese pecar, 
ni aun original esta Virgen no tuviera. 

Riu, riu, chiu... 

Este ques nacido es el gran monarcha, 
Christo Patriarca, de carne vestido; 
a nos redimido con se hazer chiquito, 
aun qu'era infinito, finito se hiziera. 

Riu, riu, chiu... 

Muchas profecias lo han profetizado,
y aun en nuestros dias lo hemos alcansado
a Dios humanado vemos en el suelo, 
y al hombre nel cielo porquel le quistera. 

Riu, riu, chiu...

Yo vi mil garçones que andavan cantando,
por aqui bolando, haciendo mil sones, 
diciendo a gascones: «Gloria sea en el cielo
y paz en el suelo», pues Jesus nasciera.

Riu, riu, chiu

Riu, riu, chiu, the river bank protects it,
As God kept the wolf from our lamb.


The rabid wolf tried to bite her
But God Almighty knew how to defend her
He wished to create her impervious to sin
Nor was this maid to embody original sin

Riu, riu, chiu …


He who's now begotten is our mighty Monarch
Christ, our Holy Father, in human flesh embodied
He made himself small and so redeemed us:
He who was infinite became finite.

Riu, riu, chiu …


Many prophecies told of his coming,
And now in our days have we seen them fulfilled.
God became man, on earth we behold him,
And see man in heaven because he so willed.


Riu, riu, chiu …


A thousand singing angels I saw passing,
Flying overhead, sounding a thousand voices,
Exulting, "Glory be in the heavens,
And peace on Earth, for Jesus has been born."


Riu, riu, chiu …

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