Today’s Christmas Carol: Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella

Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella

Good evening! 🙂 I’ve decided that from now until Christmas I will be showcasing a Christmas carol every day. Today I will be featuring “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella.

This French carol was originally published in 1553. It’s a song about visitors coming softly to the stable where the Christ Child sleeps.

I have seen several different versions of the lyrics, I suppose because it was originally written in French and was translated differently. The lyrics to the version I learned go like this:

Bring a torch, Jeannette, Isabella,

Bring a torch to the cradle run

It is Jesus good folk of the village

Christ is born and Mary’s calling

Ah! ah! beautiful is the mother

Ah! ah! beautiful is her son.

 

It is wrong when the child is sleeping

It is wrong to talk so loud

Silence all as you gather around

Lest your noise should waken Jesus

Hush! hush! see how fast he slumbers

Hush! hush! see how fast he sleeps.

 

Softly to the little stable,

Softly for a moment come;

Look and see how charming is Jesus,

How he is warm, his cheeks are rosy.

Hush! hush! see how the child is sleeping;

Hush! hush! see how he smiles in dreams.


Here are two of my favorite versions:

To me, this carol is a wonderful lullaby, just as pretty and meaningful as Silent Night or any of the other more well-known carols.

God bless and Merry Christmas! 🙂

~Kellyn Roth

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