Notes: Composed and first performed in 1994, this arrangement is a setting of three verses of the original Canadian Christmas carol, as translated by Jesse Edgar Middleton, a journalist and choral singer who lived in both Toronto and Montreal. Brebeuf's verses were in Algonquian, while Middleton made his translation from an earlier version in French. St. Jean de Brebeuf wrote the carol in 1643 as part of his mission to the Hurons.
'Twas in the moon of wintertime when all the birds had fled, That mighty Gitchi Manitou sent angel choirs instead; Before their light the braves drew nigh, The angel song rang loud and high:
Jesus, your King is born, Jesus is born, In excelsis gloria.
Within a lodge of broken bark the tender babe was found. A ragged robe of rabbit skin enwrapped his beauty round; But as the hunter braves drew nigh, The angel song rang loud and high:
O children of the forest free, On sons of Manitou, The holy child is born this day for you. Come, kneel before the radiant boy, Who brings you beauty, peace, and joy:
Performed by: Spiritus Chamber Choir, Dr. Timothy Shantz, conductor
Performed by: AccordEnsemble
Performed by: Heruvymy Ukrainian Female Quartet from: And On Earth Peace