Title: 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
Composer: French carol, 16th century
Author: Native American (Huron) Jean de Brebeuf, c. 1641 English text: Jesse Edgar Middleton, 1926
1. '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. 2. Within a lodge of broken bark The tender Babe was found; A ragged robe of rabbit skin Enwrapped His beauty round. 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. 3. O children of the forest free, O you 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.