Orientis Partibus

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A song for the "Feast of the Ass" (January 14th), a celebration most known for being suppressed, along with the associated Feast of Fools. The ass in question is the donkey bearing Mary and Jesus when the Holy Family fled to Egypt shortly after Jesus' birth.


Orientis partibus adventavit asinus,
Pulcher et fortissimus, sarcinis aptissimus,
Hez, Sir Asnes, hez!

From the East the donkey came, stout and strong as twenty men
Ears like wings and eyes like flame, striding into Bethlehem
Hez, Sir Asnes, hez!

Amen dicas Asine iam satur de gramine
Amen, amen itera, aspernare vetera,
Hez, Sir Asnes, hez!

Wrap him now in cloth of gold, all rejoice who see him pass,
Mirth inhabit young and old, on this feast-day of the Ass,
Hez, Sir Asnes, hez!

Translation of Latin verses:
From eastern parts came the donkey
beautiful and most strong, most fit for burdens

Say amen, donkey, soon sated on grass
amen, amen, again, put off your sloth!


from Wassail!, released December 16, 2016
Music & lyrics: Traditional
Singers: Carol Monahan, Ezra Homison, Marie Cooley, Victoria Dzenis, William Elder



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"Conspiratio" is the latin word for harmony. It literally means "breathing together". It also means conspiracy. We conspire solely to amuse ourselves and others with very old songs, mostly about drinking!

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