EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
Refrain: GO MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCE THEREABOUTS,
OVER HILLS SPREAD EVERY PLACE.
GO MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCE THEREABOUTS
"WHAT"? JESUS CHRIST FINISH BORN.
WHILE SHEPHERD WATCH"each"
SHEEP GROUP ALL-NIGHT,
THEY-lf LOOK-UP-TO HEAVEN
HOLY LIGHT SHINE-DOWN-ON-lf. Refrain
THOSE-lf SHEPHERDS AFRAID, TREMBLE.
HIT* ABOVE HERE EARTH
THE-rt ANGELS SING
ANNOUNCE SAVIOR BORN. Refrain
HUMBLE CHRIST BORN WHERE?
HOUSE LOWLY ANIMAL animal-EAT.
CHRISTMAS MORNING GOD BLESS HOW?
SEND US SALVATION PAH! Refrain
Notes: THEREABOUTS - , PO down, FO away, circles parllel to the floor. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - approximately.
SHEPHERD - SHEEP SUPERVISE AGENT.
BRIGHT/LIGHT - (2h)[O^], POs away, FOs up, open to (2h), while separating. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Light - 1.
SHINE-DOWN-ON - [O^] is held high PO > signer; hands open to [5^] while moving > signer.
THEY - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
TREMBLE - (2h)[1^], POs down, FOs away, hands vibrate from side to side symmetrically to show legs shaking.
HIT* - An emphatic form of HIT to show a sudden unexpected result.
ABOVE - Like COLLEGE but the NDH is PO down.
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.
animal-EAT - Not the regular sign EAT. NDH [B] PO up, FO away. DH closes as in the sign LEARN, but moves across palm as if gathering up food from the ground and then puts it in the mouth.
BLESS - (2h)[O^], POs ><, held at mouth. Hands are brought downwards while opening to (2h). For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Bless.
SALVATION - S-FREE.
PAH! - Like SUCCEED but "pah" is mouthed and has the meaning of "at long last". For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - finally.
Refrain: Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.
While shepherds kept their watching
Over silent flocks by night
Behold throughout the heavens
There shone a holy light.
The shepherds feared and trembled,
When lo! above the earth,
Rang out the angels chorus
That hailed the Savior’s birth.
Down in a lowly manger
The humble Christ was born
And God sent us salvation
That blesséd Christmas morn.
To hear the music (without words), go to Cyberhymnal: Go, tell it on the mountain.