Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bring a Torch Jeanette, Isabelle! {Christmas Hymn Countdown #12}


Today's hymn is Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabelle!  For the longest time I did not like this Christmas hymn, but over the years it has slowly grown on me =)
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabelle! was written in the Provence region of France around 1553.  It wasn't translated into English until sometime in the 1700's.  According to Wikipedia, this hymn wasn't originally written for Christmas, but rather for French nobility.
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabelle!
Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabelle!
Bring a torch, to the stable run
Christ is born. Tell the folk of the village
Jesus is born and Mary's calling.
Ah!* Ah! beautiful is the Mother!
Ah! Ah! beautiful is her child
Who is that, knocking on the door?
Who is it, knocking like that?
Open up, we've arranged on a platter
Lovely cakes that we have brought here
Knock! Knock! Knock! Open the door for us!
Knock! Knock! Knock! Let's celebrate!
It is wrong when the child is sleeping,
It is wrong to talk so loud.
Silence, now as you gather around,
Lest your noise should waken Jesus.
Hush! Hush! see how he slumbers;
Hush! Hush! see how fast he sleeps!
Softly now unto the stable,
Softly for a moment come!
Look and see how charming is Jesus,
Look at him there, His cheeks are rosy!
Hush! Hush! see how the Child is sleeping;
Hush! Hush! see how he smiles in dreams!

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