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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer


December 13, 2009 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

You know Dasher and Dancer,
And Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid,
And Donner and Blitzen.

But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all.

Rudolph, the red nosed reindeer,
Had a very shiny nose,
And if you ever saw it,
You would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer,
Used to laugh and call him names,
They never let poor Rudolph,
Join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say:
‘Rudolph with your nose so bright,
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?’

Then how the reindeer loved him,
As they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
You’ll go down in history.

Translations into Latin from Gaudium Mundo: Latin Christmas Carols

Version 1 (translator unknown, widely repeated on the Internet)
Reno erat Rudolphus
Nasum rubrum habebat;
Si quando hunc videbas,
Hunc candere tu dicas.

Omnes renores alii
Semper hunc deridebant;
Cum misero Rudolpho
In ludis non ludebant.

Santus Nicholas dixit
Nocte nebulae,
“Rudolphe, naso claro
Nonne carrum tu duces?”

Tum renores clamabant,
“Rudolphe, delectus es!
Cum naso rubro claro
Historia descendes!”

Version 2 (translated by Harry C. Maynard?)
Rudolphus, naso rubro,
naso nitidissimo,
si umquam eum spectes,
dicas eum fulgere.

Reliqui tum renones
deridebant ludentes,
semper vetabant eum
apud ludos ludere.

Deinde ante Natalem
Santa venit, et
“Tu, Rudolphe nitide,
traham meam duc nocte.”

Dein, ut renones amant,
exclamantes hilare:
“Rudolphe, naso rubro,
in annalibus eris!”

Version 3
Rudolphus rubrinasus
fulgentissimo naso,
vidisti et si eum
dicas quoque candere.

Omnes tarandi ceteri
ridebant vocantes nomina;
non sinebant Rudolphum
interesse ludentes.

Olim crassa nocte Christi,
Nicholas it dictum:
“Rudolphe, naso tam claro,
agesne traham meam?”

Qui tum tarandis amor
conclamantibus eum,
“Rudolphe rubrinase,
descendes historia!”

Version 4

Rudolphus cervus nasum
Rubicundum habebat
Quem si videre possis
Elucere referas.
Ludificare cervi
Deridentes solebant,
Neque sinebant eum
Comminus colludere.

Ecce! Dixit Nicholas
Pridie festum
“O Rudolphe nocte hac
Visne traham ducere?”
Quam tunc iucundus fuit
Cervis iubilantibus.
“Rudolphe,” nunc dicebant.
“Notus eris posteris!”

December 13, 2009 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment