Tu scendi dalle stelle – the most popular Christmas song in Italy

Christmas is coming and, in these weeks, we would like to bring a little of the Italian Christmas atmosphere in your homes around the world.
The best way to do this is to share with you our typical songs: so, during Christmas time, we will select popular Italian Songs on ItalianSide.com.

“Tu scendi dalle stelle” is definitely the most traditional Italian Christmas song.

If you had an italian grandma, you know this song: she sang it for you when you were a child!

This is the first Christmas song that Italian children learn and sing at Christmas time.

Maybe not everyone knows that this is a very old song: original lyrics and melody were written in 1744 by Saint Alfonso Maria de Liguori a bishop from Napoli. (you can read lyrics and English translation at the end of this post)

To start this section of Italian Christmas songs we chose one of the world’s most famous Italian performers: Andrea Bocelli.

Enjoy your “Tu scendi dalle stelle” !

Here the original Italian text with an English translation:

Tu scendi dalle stelle,
O Re del Cielo,
e vieni in una grotta,
al freddo al gelo.

O Bambino mio Divino
Io ti vedo qui a tremar,
O Dio Beato
Ahi, quanto ti costò
l’avermi amato!

A te, che sei del mondo
il Creatore,
mancano panni e fuoco;
O mio Signore!

Caro eletto Pargoletto,
Quanto questa povertà
più mi innamora!
Giacché ti fece amor
povero ancora!

From starry skies descending,
Thou comest, glorious King,
A manger low Thy bed,
In winter’s icy sting;

O my dearest Child most holy,
Shudd’ring, trembling in the cold!
Great God, Thou lovest me!
What suff’ring Thou didst bear,
That I near Thee might be!

Thou art the world’s Creator,
God’s own and true Word,
Yet here no robe, no fire
For Thee, Divine Lord.

Dearest, fairest, sweetest Infant,
Dire this state of poverty.
The more I care for Thee,
Since Thou, o Love Divine,
Will’st now so poor to be

2 thoughts on “Tu scendi dalle stelle – the most popular Christmas song in Italy”

  1. Thanks Anita, this was great. Frank might have humed, but I sang laud !!Send more. Just found a new Italian website thanks to you. Stay well and keep traveling!!!

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