EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. POWERLESS, HUNGRY, LOWLY, AFRAID:
BABY WRAPPED STAY WARM DURING WINTER.
HE-lf COME-TO US. BORN FAMILY POOR.
LIFE NEW OFFER WORLD.
Refrain: HE-lf LIVE WITH OTHERS LOWLY.
THEIR-rt SAD+ SHARE. HUNGRY SAME-AS-rt THEM-rt.
WHO HE-lf? WORLD NOW SEE CHRIST.
HIMSELF-lf BABY SMALL. HIS-lf PARENTS POOR.
2. (2h)YOU KNOW HIM-rt HERE WITH US?
HE-lf SEARCH-FOR PLACE LIVE WITH US.
SOCIETY REJECT HIM-lf. HE-lf LIVE WITH
GOD HIS-rt CHILDREN, THEMSELVES-rt POOR. Refrain
3. IF (2h)YOU alt.THIRSTY, IF (2h)YOU SEARCH-FOR PEACE,
GO-TO-lf, HE-lf OFFER FREE.
PLEASE MAKE WEAK STRONG. IF THEIR-rt HEART SCARED,
DON'T FEAR. HERE-lf YOUR-rt GOD. Refrain
Notes: POWERLESS - Thumb of [C] is placed on muscle and closes as in FLAT-TIRE.
LOWLY - (2h)[B^], POs ><, FOs up, move downwards arcing towards the signer. This is the opposite of the sign ADVANCED. For an animated gif of ADVANCED, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Exalted.
WRAPPED - (2h)[O^], NDHPO up, DHPO down, DH circles above NDH + CLOTHES.
HE - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
OTHERS - [A dot], PO > NDS, FO away, twists while moving in a horizontal circle.
SOCIETY - S-GROUP.
REJECT - Hands start like the final position of STOP and DH slides > DS while pronating.
DON'T - (2h)[B], POs down, cross at wrists, then uncross moving horizontally and emphatically. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - don't.
FEAR - (2h), POs away, FOs up, hands are held far from body and move back to body in a wavy pattern.
1. Helpless and hungry, lowly, afraid,
wrapped in the chill of midwinter;
comes now among us, born into poverty's embrace,
new life for the world.
Refrain: Who is this who lives with the lowly,
sharing their sorrows, knowing their hunger?
This is Christ, revealed to the world
in the eyes of a child, a child of the poor.
2. Who is the stranger here in our midst,
looking for shelter among us?
Who is the outcast? Who do we see amidst the poor,
the children of God?
3. Bring all the thirsty, all who seek peace;
bring those with nothing to offer.
Strengthen the feeble, say to the frightened heart:
"Fear not: here is your God!"
To hear the music (without words), go to MIDI music and click on "Child of the poor."