The Huron Carol

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Collections
Instrumental Only?
No
Description

SATB Choir. A delightful setting of the Huron Carol ('Twas in the Mo,On of Wintertime). The oldest carol in the Americas was written probably in 1642 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Jesuit missionary. Brébeuf wrote the lyrics in the native language of the Huron/Wendat pople. The song's melody is based on a traditional French Folk song.

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Lyrics

'Twas in the mo,On of winter-time
When all the birds had fled,
That mighty Gitchi Manitou
Sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim,
And wandering hunters heard the hymn:
"Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria.
"
Within a lodge of broken bark
The tender Babe was found,
A ragged robe of rabbit skin
Enwrapp'd His beauty round;
But as the hunter braves drew nigh,
The angel song rang loud and high:
"Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria.
"
The earliest mo,On of wintertime
Is not so round and fair
As was the ring of glory
On the helpless infant there.
The chiefs from far before him knelt
With gifts of fox and beaver pelt:
"Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria.
"
O children of the forest free,
O seed of Manitou,
The Holy Child of earth and heaven
Is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant Boy
Who brings you beauty, peace and joy:
"Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria.

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