Hacia Belén va un borrico

Towards Bethlehem Goes a Donkey
Composed by Michael D. Mendoza
Voicing: SATB
Instrumentation: a cappella
Catalog number: AMP 0136
Price: $1.50

Hacia Belén va un borrico
(Towards Bethlehem Goes a Donkey)

Hacia Belén va un borrico             Towards Bethlehem goes a donkey
Yo me remendaba, yo me remendé              I remember, I remember*
cargado de chocolate             Laden with chocolate.
Lleva su chocolatera             It carries its chocolate pot,
Yo me remendaba, yo me remendé              I remember, I remember
yo me eche un remiendo yo me lo quité              I remember, yet I forget,*
su molinillo y su anafre             Its chocolate mill and its stove.
María ven acá, ven acá corriendo             Mary come here, come running
que el chocolatillo se lo están comiendo       Because they are eating up the chocolate.

En el portal de Belén       At the gate of Bethlehem
Yo me remendaba, yo me remendé        I remember, I remember,
gitanillos han entrado;        Gypsies have entered;
Yo me remendaba, yo me remendé        I remember, I remember
y al Niño que está en la cuna       And from the child who is in the cradle
Yo me remendaba, yo me remendé        I remember, I remember
yo me eche un remiendo yo me lo quité        I remember, I remember,
los pañales le han quitado.        They have taken the swaddling clothes.
María ven acá, ven acá corriendo       Mary come here, come running
que los pañalillos los están cogiendo       They are seizing the swaddling clothes,
María ven acá, ven acá volando       Mary come here, come flying
que los pañalillos los están llevando       They are carrying off the swaddling clothes.
Con un sombrero de paja       With a hat of straw
al portal llega un gallego;        A Galician arrives at the gate;
Yo me remendaba, yo me remendé        I remember, I remember
Mientras adoraba al Niño       While he worshipped the Child
el buey se comió el sombrero       The ox ate his hat.
María , María , ven acá corriendo       Mary, Mary come running
María , María , ven acá volando       Mary, Mary, come here flying
consuelo al gallego       And comfort the Galician .
que está aquí llorando.        Who is crying here .

*The translation of these lines is poetic, not exact.
Hacia Belén va un borrico is a Spanish villancico known throughout Spain and the Americas.

Pronunciation Guide

a    like a in English father, e.g., hacia, va, remendaba, anafre.
e    when stressed, like a in English pay, e.g., Belén, gallego.
      when unstressed, like e in English bet, e.g., corriendo. i    like i in English machine or ee in       feet, e.g., mientras, aquí.
o    like o in English obey, e.g., Niño, volando.
u    like u in English Mrule , e.g., un, su, Consuelo.
y     like ee in English feet, e.g., y, yo, buey.
b     like the English b in boot, but slightly softer at the beginning of a word, or when
       preceded by m or n e.g., borrico, buey, sombrero; between two vowels or followed
       by l, or r, almost an English v but with both lips nearly closed, e.g., remendaba,
       adoraba
.
ch    like ch in the English church, e.g., chocolate, eche.
d     generally like d in English dog, but softer e.g., corriendo, or like th in this, between
       vowels, e.g., quitado. e.g.    like the g in English gain, before a, o, u, ue, ui, or consonant
      e.g., gallego; strongly aspirated like in English h, in hat, before e or I , e.g., gitanillos.
h     silent e.g., Hacia.
ll     The ll consonant in Spanish sounds like the y in English yet, e.g., gallego, gitanillos
      (in Spanish America, the American Southwest).
q     like the English cat used only in the combinations ue and ui in which the u is silent
      e.g., que, aquí.
r      at the beginning of a word —— strongly trilled e.g., rojas.
       a single tap of the tongue in the rest of the words —— e.g, flores, lloren, flores.
rr    strongly trilled, e.g., borrico, corriendo.
v    in many parts of Spain and the Americas like the Spanish b, e.g., va, ven.

The acute accent denotes word stress only e.g., acá, aquí.

Michael D. Mendoza

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