Honest woman wake up
Honest woman wake up, don't sleep
Oh rejoice, oh Earth rejoice for the Good Lord was born*
Wake up, don't sleep and light the lights
Oh, for three guests are coming to visit
Oh, the first guest is the bright Sun
And the second is the bright Moon
And the third guest is the fine Rain
The Sun says: "No one can rise above me.
Oh, when I rise on Sunday morning
All the people rejoice
The old and young.
And the Moon says: "No one can rise above me.
Oh, when I rise late at night
The traveler on the road rejoices
Oh, the traveler and the oxen pulling his cart."
And the fine Rain says: "No one can rise above me.
Oh, when I fall three times in May
The wheat rejoices and starts to grow.
Oh, the wheat and rye."
SPOKEN: We wish you happiness, health and many years
May you live well from now till next year!
a traditional carol
collected by Yaryna Turniaska and Markian Kushnir
village of Dzhuriv, Sniatyn region, Ivano-Frankivska oblast
translated from the Ukrainian by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps
*refrain repeated after every phrase"