José embala o Menino
(Joseph is cradling the Infant)

Portuguese lullaby

José embala o Menino,
A Senhora logo vem,
Foi lavar os cueirinhos,
À fontinha de Belém.

Quem tem o nome de mãe
Nunca passa sem cantar,
Quantas vezes ela canta,
Com vontade de chorar.

Vai-te embora, passarinho,
Deixa a baga do loureiro,
Deixa dormir o menino,
Que está no sono primeiro.
Joseph cradling the Infant,
The Lady will soon come,
She’s washing your swaddling clothes,
In the fountains of Bethlehem.

Whoever has the name of mother,
One never fails to hear her singing;
How many times she sings,
When she wants to cry.

Go away, little bird,
Leave the bay berries behind,
Let the boy slumber,
In his very first sleep.