Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing stealing our senses all away?have you ever wondered, as I have, why a particular smell should be taken as a sign of Christ’s birth? The qualifier “goodly” tells us that the odor has nothing to do with the shepherds’ flocks, nor with the cattle in the manger. Moreover, the original French text confirms that it was not the fragrance of the springtime flowers, but something completely new—overpowering and rapturous.
Never the like did come a-blowing, shepherds, in the flow’ry fields of May,
To comprehend these word pictures, we have to know something of how early Christians linked traditions about the life of Adam and Eve to the story of the Nativity of Christ...
Also available here in Spanish, thanks to a translation done by Juan Reta.