23 December 2010

"Angels In Our Countryside"




















"Les anges dans nos campagnes
Ont entonné l'hymne des cieux,
Et l'écho de nos montagnes
Redit ce chant mélodieux"


There is something homely and charming in the opening of this medieval  Langeudoc carol:  "Angels in our countryside..."     Now part of southern France, the Languedoc  has been home to, or invaded by, Greeks, Romans, Phoenicians, Vandals, Visigoths, Saracens, and others I've forgotten to mention.  However it came into being, Angels We Have Heard on High  fixed a moment of joy in time. 

Image: Jean Goodwin Ames (1903-1986) - Star Angel, c.1951, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA.

6 comments:

TG said...

Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année
Un ange à la campagne (Moi!)

alestedemadrid said...

Beautiful image for these days

Rouchswalwe said...

Jane! Wishing you an angelic yet spicy season of festivities! Will drink a French Ale in your honour tonight! à votre santé!

Jane said...

Merci, TG.

Jane said...

Alestedemadrid, she's one of my favrotie angels! Felice Navidad to you.

Jane said...

Rouchswalwe, a bright new year to you and yours. I wish I knew enough about beer to have a comment about French ale!