Huron Christmas Carol
Gabriele Lynch: Huron Christmas Carol
Quiz by Sharon Michiko Yoneda
"'Twas in the moon of wintertime when all the birds had fled."
'That mighty Gitchi Manitou (The Creator) sent angel choirs instead."
" Jesus your king is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria"
artist: Gabriele Lynch
date released: 2009 by Gabriele Lynch
The "Huron Carol" is a Canadian Christmas hymn written in 1643 by Jean de Brebeuf, a Jesuit missionary of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Canada. Brebeuf wrote the lyrics in the native language of the Huron First Nations people. The song's melody is a traditional French folk song, "Une Jeune Pucelle" (a young maid). Jesse Edgar Middleton wrote the English lyrics.
In the English version, Jesus is born in a "lodge of broken bark" and wrapped in a "robe of rabbit skin." He is surrounded by hunters instead of shepherds and the Magi are chiefs from afar.
Bruce Cockburn also recorded a version of this song. Another Canadian singer, Loreena McKennitt rearranged the song and released it under the title, "Breton Carol" in 2008.