Michael Austin Miller

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  • 'Twas In The Moon Michael Austin Miller 11/20144:52

The Huron Carol, also called  'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime,  is a Canada’s oldest Christmas hymn written around 1642 by Jean de Brébeuf.   Brébeuf was a Jesuit missionary at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Canada and wrote the lyrics in the native language of the Huron/Wendat people.  The song's original Huron title is Jesous Ahatonhia (Jesus, he is born).  The melody is based on the traditional French folk song, "Une Jeune Pucelle.”   The well-known English lyrics were written in 1926 by Jesse Edgar Middleton.  

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 portrayed as "chiefs from afar" that bring him "fox and beaver pelts" instead of the more familiar gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime

  for SATB (div.) a cappella.  Optional Organ

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