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John S. Dixon The Huron Carol

Categories
Anthems
Instrument(s)
Unaccompanied [a cappella]
Voicing
SATB
Original Publication
Carols for Choirs
Difficulty
Moderate
Suggested Uses(s)
Description

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

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

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