Friday, December 10

fM's Tradition of Blog Caroling: The Huron Carol

I've decided to participate in footnoteMaven's Blog Caroling, and from a bevy of favourite songs, I've decided on "The Huron Carol".

"The Huron Carol" is Canada's oldest Christmas song, written in 1643 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Jesuit missionary at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Canada.  It was originally written in the native tongue of the Huron/Wendat people amongst whom de Brébeuf was stationed and the original song title was "Jesous Ahatonhia" ("Jesus, he is born") in Huron. The melody is based on a traditional French folk song, "Une Jeune Pucelle" ("A Young Maid"). [Brief history courtesy of Wiki]

There's a few different versions, but this is my favourite - in two languages! 
Enjoy!  Jenn

The Huron Carol ('Twas In the Moon of Wintertime)

'Twas in the moon of wintertime when all the birds had fled
That mighty Gitchi Manitou sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim and wondering 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 enwrapped 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.


Janet Iles said...

I also like the Huron Carol. Thanks for sharing the beautiful rendition.

Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski said...

Thank you for this beautiful carol, Jenn. My Irish (who were possibly Scottish) roots immigrated to Uxbridge, Balsam and Pickering, ON. ON my mother's side, I have Ojibwe ancestors so this appeals to my heart on both sides of my family. Thank you for sharing.

Jenn said...

Hi Janet: It's one of my favourites (at any time of year)! Jenn

Jenn said...

Hi Cindy:

Hey I know where those places are! ;-) I live in Oshawa and I work with a girl from Pickering...

My mother's side of the family is suppose to have native blood as well (from Brantford), but that has yet to be found!


Judith Richards Shubert said...

What a glorious song! I have never heard anything quite like it before. Thank you for sharing.

Jenn said...

Hi Judith: It is quite lovely, isn't it? I especially love the flute (?) in this version. Thanks for leaving a comment! Jenn

Anonymous said...

really an eye opener for me.

- Robson