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From: Daphne Hunt firstname.lastname@example.org English tr. from French By Jesse E. Middleton 1872-1960) Twas in the Moon of Wintertime Em Am Bm 1)Twas in the moon of wintertime Em When all the birds had fled, Am Em That mighty Gichi Manitou Am Bm Em Sent angel choirs instead; G Bm C D Before their light the stars grew dim G C Am D and wond'ring hunters heard the hymn: Em Bm "Jesus your King is born C Bm Am G Bm Em Jesus is born: In excelsis gloria!" 2) Within a lodge of broken bark The tenber Babe was found. A ragged robe of rabbit skin Enwrapped His beauty 'round; And as the hunter braves drew nigh The angel song rang loud and high: "Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born: In excelsis gloria!" 3)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!" 4) O children of the forest free, O sons 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!" _____ The following translation of the original Huron (unfortunately not singable to the tune) words is attributed to John Steckley and someone called Hechon.. Apparently, de Brebeuf wrote the words to the music of a sixteenth cenury Carol called "Une Jeune Pucelle" ( A Young Maid). Iesous Ahatonnia (Jesus, he is born) Have courage, you who are humans; Jesus, he is born Behold, the spirit who had us as prisoners has fled Do not listen to it, as it corrupts the spirits of our minds Jesus, he is born They are spirits, sky people, coming with a message for us They are coming to say, "Rejoice (Be on top of life)" Marie, she has just given birth. Rejoice" Jesus, he is born Three have left for such, those who are elders Tichion, a star that has just appeared on the horizon leads them there He will seize the path, he who leads them there Jesus, he is born As they arrived there, where he was born, Jesus the star was at the point of stopping, not far past it Having found someone for them, he says, "Come here!" Jesus, he is born Behold, they have arrived there and have seen Jesus, They praised (made a name) many times, saying "Hurray, he is good in nature" They greeted him with reverence (greased his scalp many times), saying 'Hurray' Jesus, he is born "We will give to him praise for his name, Let us show reverence for him as he comes to be compassionate to us. It is providential that you love us and wish, 'I should adopt them.'" Jesus, he is born. http://history.cc.ukans.edu/kansas/wn/carol.htm http://www.rockies.net/~spirit/charlene/huroncarol.html