Friday, March 5, 2010

La Grâce du Ciel

During a visit back home a few years ago, my uncle took me and my daughter to his little get-away cabin in Sunshine, LA. He built the structure all by himself, erecting it in the same place where the old barn used to be on my grandparents' property. Inside the sparsely furnished room was my grandparents' kitchen table with the bright yellow top and wide chrome sides, a guitar, my grandmother's collection of plates from different vacations, and a boom box. Pulling the boom box closer, he asked if we had ever heard Amazing Grace in french. We answered no, that we'd love to hear it. And that's how I discovered and fell in love with La Grâce du Ciel by Les Amies Louisianaises. Today I found it on youtube. The video accompanying the music made me completely and utterly homesick.

La Grâce du Ciel est descendue
Me sauver de l’enfer.
J’étais perdue, je suis retrouvée,
Aveugle, et je vois clair.

Le Bon Dieu m’a ouvert le ciel.
Son Fils est mort pour moi.
C’est grâce à Jésus, mon sauveur,
Que j’ai reçu la foi.

Quand j’aurai chanté dix mille ans
Dans Sa chorale des Anges,
Je n’aurai fait que commencer
À chanter Ses louanges.

De tous les dangers de la vie,
La grâce est mon abri.
C’est cette même grâce qui m’amènera
Aux portes du paradis.

TRANSLATION:

La Grâce du Ciel
Les Amies Louisianaises
(Amazing Grace) (Traditional, French words by D. Marcantel)
Musique Acadienne Pub. Co. BMI and Pocahontas Music BMI

Grace from heaven came down
And saved me from hell
I was lost, I am found
Blind, and I see clearly

God opened heaven for me
His Son died for me
It is thanks to Jesus, my Savior
That I received faith

When I will have sung ten thousand years
In His choir of angels
I will only have begun
To sing his praises

From all the dangers of life
Grace is my shelter
It is this same grace which will lead me
To the gates of paradise.

7 comments:

Homesick Cajun said...

I've never heard it in French either! How beautiful!! Makes me miss home too!

septembermom said...

Very nice! Thank you for sharing. I appreciate the lyrics too.

Teresa Evangeline said...

Just beautiful. I'm so glad you posted this. Thank you for this most amazing way to start my day : )

Louisiana Belle said...

I'm so thrilled that everyone enjoyed it. Now I'm going to have a great day!

Kittie Howard said...

Belle, My heart exploded. The tears fell. I wanna go home!

Kittie Howard said...

Belle, Please stop by my blog and pick up the award I'm delighted to give you. I also blogged about Amazing Grace and gave the link to you. Hope this is okay. Hugs!

Louisiana Belle said...

Kittie, the more the Grace du Ciel video is shared, the better! Thank you for the mention. Hugs to you also!