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Leilet al milad (night of the birth)

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 19.12.2008:

This is a hymn much sung during Christmas among Christian Palestinians, both indoors and outdoors. In the Bethlehem area you hear it during all kinds of activities including processions, demonstrations, and symbolic actions.

By Fr Mansour Labki of Lebanon (composed and written)

Translation by Fuad Giacaman

Refrain:

During Christmas night no more hate

During Christmas night the soil flourishes

During Christmas night war is buried

During Christmas night love grows

Verses

When we offer a drink to a thirsty person, then we are in Christmas

When we clothe a naked person with a cloak or dress of love, then we are in

Christmas

When we wipe out tears from the eyes of those who weep, then we are in

Christmas

When we warm up or put a mattress for somebody and the hearts are filled

with hope, then we are in Christmas

When I kiss my companion or friend without cheating, then I am in Christmas

When the spirit of revenge dies out in me, then I will be in Christmas

When my heart has no more grudge, then I will be in Christmas

When my soul melts in God’s being, then I will be in Christmas

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