Thursday, December 23, 2010

A 500 Year Old Christmas Carol

This Christmas carol was first published in France in 1553 and translated into English in the 18th century.

Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabella!
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

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!


steven said...

very lovely singing and i love the adminishing "it is wrong . . . !" i can't tell you why but it just seems gentler than shhhhhh!! steven

Eryl said...

I don't think I'd ever heard that one before, lovely.

Rachel Fenton said...

That's a new one on me, too! Merry Christmas - only an hour to go for us down under!