EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. (role play to rt) MARY FINISH KNOW+ YOUR BABY BOY WATER SURFACE~WALK-ON WILL Q-M?
MARY FINISH KNOW+ YOUR BABY BOY WILL SAVE (<) OUR SON, (>) OUR DAUGHTER?
FINISH KNOW+ YOUR BABY BOY BORN MAKE YOU NEW?
THIS-lf CHILD YOU RECENTLY RELEASE WILL SOON RELEASE YOU.
2. MARY FINISH KNOW+ YOUR BABY BOY WILL CAUSE BLIND MAN SEE?
MARY FINISH KNOW+ YOUR BABY BOY HOLD-OUT-HANDS, STORM CALM-DOWN?
FINISH KNOW+ YOUR BABY BOY INTERACT ANGEL HEAVEN.
IF YOU (2h)KISS-lf YOUR LITTLE BABY, YOU (1h)KISS-God GOD HIS FACE.
Coda: WOW, MARY FINISH KNOW? WOW, MARY FINISH KNOW? (<) BLIND WILL SEE, (>) DEAF WILL HEAR. DEAD LIVE AGAIN WILL. (<) LAME WILL JUMP, (>) MUTE WILL SPEAK, GO-AHEAD PRAISE LAMB.
3. MARY FINISH KNOW+ YOUR BABY BOY HIMESLF LORD MAKE OUR WORLD?
MARY FINISH KNOW+ YOUR BABY BOY WILL RULE (2h)#ALL COUNTRY?
FINISH KNOW+ YOUR BABY BOY HEAVEN ITS PERFECT LAMB?
THAT CHILD FALL-ASLEEP YOUR ARMS WHO? GOD INDEX-SELF. WOW, MARY. WOW.
Notes: MARY - [M] touches NDS temple, is drawn across forehead, and descends. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Mary - 1.
SURFACE~WALK-ON - SURFACE - Palm of [B], rubs in circles against back hand of [B], PO down (for a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - surface) + with NDH left in place, DH [V], PO > signer, moves away while moving fingers as if walking.
QM - , PO away, FO up, traces the shape of a question mark curling and uncurling the fingers once. This will clarify that the sentences are a series of questions. This sign need not be used again.
YOU - Underlined prounouns (ME</>, YOU</>, HE) are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
RELEASE - (2h)[F], interlink fingers, let go, and separate.
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.
HOLD-OUT-HANDS - (2h)[F], POs away, FOs up, are held high.
STORM CALM-DOWN - (2h), POs ><, FOs up, antisymmetrically make figure-eights, then POs change to down and descend slowly.
(2h)KISS-lf - (2h)[O^], NDH PO > signer, FO up, is held in place and DH touches its FT to NDH.
(1h)KISS-God - [O^], touches FTs to Heaven on right.
WOW - Shake out .
DEAF WILL HEAR - This is unfortunate, but that's what the hymn says.
LAME - (2h)[1^], PO down, FO away, hands circle normal (perpendicular) to the chest with the DH making bigger circles as if the person is limping.
MUTE - Palm of [A] strikes the mouth.
GO-AHEAD - (2h)[B^ dot], POs ><, FOs away, move forward in a jerk.
RULE - CONTROL.
(2h)#ALL - (2h)[A], POs ><, FOs up, are held at shoulder height and move away while opening to (2h)[L].
FALL-ASLEEP - (2h)[5:], DH PO > face, FO up, NDH PO up, FO away. Both hands close to [A], with twisting around and striking NDH from above.
INDEX-SELF - [A], PO > NDS, FO away, knocks on thumb side of , PO > DS, FO up.
1. Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you delivered will soon deliver you.
2. Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to the blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod,
and when you kiss your little baby, you've kissed the face of God?
Coda: Oh, Mary did you know? Oo Mary did you know? Oo, the blind will see and the deaf will hear. The dead will live again. The lame will leap, the dumb will speak the praises of the Lamb.
3. Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy was heaven's perfect Lamb,
and the sleeping Child you're holding is the great I am. Oh, Mary. Oh.
To hear the music (without words), go to NSO's Christmas songs & Easter MIDI. Use the find feature to get to and click on "Mary, Did You Know?#2"