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Robert W. Lehman Huron Indian Carol

Categories
Anthems
Instrument(s)
Organ
Voicing
SATB
Original Publication
Carols for Choirs
Difficulty
Moderately Easy
Suggested Uses(s)
Description

SATB Choir and Organ. A sumptuous yet easy setting of the Huron Carol ('Twas in the Moon of Wintertime). Quickly learned and sure to be a hit with choir and congregation alike. The oldest carol from the Americas, this was written probably in 1642 by Jean de Br├ębeuf, a Jesuit missionary. This one is a real beauty,and really, how can you resist singing a carol with "Gitchi Manitou" in it?

'Twas in the moon 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 moon 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 sons 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."

Contact

Mark Schweizer
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
Toll Free 877.822.0304

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