EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
Refrain: SHEPHERD AND KING FULL HOPE FOLLOW STAR. THAT LEAD THEM-rt FAR-AWAY ALL-NIGHT. WE FINISH KNOW++. WHY? WE ALSO SHEPHERD AND KING.
1. ANGEL AND SHEPHERD ENTHUSIATIC GO-AHEAD SING. DANCE WITH FLUTE WHILE STAR DOT-SKY SHINE-DOWN. Refrain
2. KING THREE-OF-THEM@rt TRAVEL NOW TIRED. THEY-rt FIND CHILD DURING QUIET NIGHT. STAR FINISH SHOW WAY. Refrain
3. FEAST IDEA~LIKE WEDDING. WHY? GOD COME BECOME HUMAN, LIVE WITH US. WORD OF HIS-rt L-O-V-E INSPIRED. Refrain
4. LION NOW PEACE WITH LAMB CAN. WHY? WORLD BECOME NEW WILL. Refrain
5. OUR LIFE HAVE WISDOM CIRCULATE IDEA~LIKE CLOUD. HIT* BRIGHT CAUSE US WONDER. Refrain
6. USED-TO-BE DARK, NOW LIFE NEW LIKE BORN AGAIN. GIFT SIMPLE, BREATH SOFT, GOD WITH US. Refrain
7. HAPPEN THEY-rt ACCEPT HIS-rt WORD INSIDE-SELF HEART, MEAN THEY-rt UNDERSTAND JESUS BORN FOR-FOR? Refrain
8. LIGHT WONDERFUL*, GOD HIS-rt SPIRIT EASY OVERLOOK. PEACE LEAD-TO THIS-lf CHILD BRING LIGHT. Refrain
9. ANGEL HAPPY WILLING ANNOUNCE GOSPEL. THIS-lf CHILD BORN MEAN WE FREE NEW WAY CAN. Refrain
10. BETHLEHEM TRUE-BIZ HOUSE OFFER BREAD. WE SING GOD NOW WITH US, THRILLED. Refrain
11. WISDOM WILLING PLAY'graceful' FOR #ALL-OF-THEM-rt THEM-rt SEARCH ITS-ctr LIGHT. Refrain
Notes: SHEPHERD - SHEEP SUPERVISE AGENT.
THEM - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
ANGEL - (2h)[B^] touch FTs to shoulders, then arms extended and bent move slightly as if flying gently.
GO-AHEAD - (2h)[B^ dot], POs ><, FOs away, move forward in a jerk.
FLUTE - Mime playing a transverse flute (played parallel to the chest).
DOT-SKY - (2h)[5:], POs and FOs diagonally up, hands jab upwards as if dotting the sky with stars.
SHINE-DOWN - [O^] is held high PO > signer; hands open to [5^] while moving > signer.
FEAST - (2h)alt.EAT. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Feast.
IDEA~LIKE - A blending where IDEA has a [Y] instead of an [I] in anticipation of LIKE which is signed smoothly right afterwards.
HUMAN - H-BODY.
CIRCULATE - (2h) circle around each other with the DH on top.
CLOUD - (2h)[5:] move like MIX but high and moving from NDS to DS.
HIT* - An emphatic form of HIT to show a sudden unexpected result.
CAUSE - (2h)[S] are held at the chest as if holding a rope and move forward while opening to (2h). For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - cause.
WONDER - , PO > signer, FO up, circles temple.
GIFT - (2h)[X], POs ><, FOs up, nod downwards at wrist to show that something is given as a gift.
LIGHT - Same sign as BRIGHT and CLEAR, that is, (2h)[O^], POs away, FOs up, open to (2h), while separating. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Light - 1.
GOSPEL - G-NEW. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Gospel - 2.
BETHLEHEM - "B" CITY.
TRUE-BIZ - TRUE + (2h)[S], POs down, FOs away, DH brushes from side to side across NDH wrist.
#ALL-OF-THEM - [A], PO up, FO > DS is held at DS then swings away in an arc and ends [L^], PO up, FO > NDS.
Refrain: Shepherds and kings, following hopes and stars that take them deep into the night: How far have they come? We should really know, for certainly, everyone is a shepherd and king.
1. Angels, shepherds so vibrant with song as they dance with their flutes by the stars.
2. Weary kings, in the darkness so still, find the child they had sought by the star.
3. Wedding feast of our God come to live in our flesh: vibrant word of his love.
4. Let the lion lie down with the lamb, for in this shall a new world be born.
5. Wisdom plays in the clouds of our life, wonder born in a moment of light.
6. Out of darkness, a new life is born: simple gift, gentle breath, Emanuel.
7. Those who in their own heart hear the word, know the gift of this moment in time.
8. Splendid light, subtle spirit of God, peace a borning this child of light.
9. Gladly, angels announce the good news: in this child a new freedom is born.
10. Bethlehem is for us "house of bread." "God with us" is our song and our joy.
11. With such gracefulness, wisdom will play for all those who will look for her light.