"Il est né, le divin Enfant" (English: He is born, the
divine Child) is a traditional French Christmas carol,
which was published for the first time in 1862 by R.
Grosjean, organist of the Cathedral of
Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, in a collection of carols
entitled "Airs des noêl lorrains." The text of the
carol was published for the first time in a collection
of ancient carols, published in either 1875 or 1876 by
Dom G. Legeay.
The text of the carol, which is written in four
stanzas, details the birth of Jesus and the wait of
4000 years for the event, as told by the prophets. It
also calls on the Kings of the Orient to attend the
Although this piece was originally written for Chorus,
I arranged it for Woodwind Quartet (Flute, Oboe, Bb
Clarinet & Bassoon).