Huron Carol - Jesous Ahatonhia (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2009-11-18)   CPDL #20462:     
Editor: Michael J. Oczko (submitted 2009-11-15).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 157 kB   Copyright: Personal
Arranger: Michael J. Oczko
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Edition notes:
  • CPDL #16526:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif Icon_snd_globe.gif
Editor: John Murphy (submitted 2008-04-04).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 51 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
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General Information

Title: Huron Carol - Jesous Ahatonhia - 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Lyricist: Jean de Brébeuf (Huron text)
Lyricist: Jesse Edgar Middletoncreate page (English text)

Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published:

Description: Originally in Huron. The song's melody is a traditional French folk song, "Une Jeune Pucelle" ("A Young Maid").

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Original text and translations

Huron text

Ehstehn yayau deh tsaun we yisus ahattonnia
O na wateh wado:kwi nonnwa 'ndasqua entai
ehnau sherskwa trivota nonnwa 'ndi yaun rashata

Iesus Ahattonnia, Ahattonnia, Iesus Ahattonnia

Ayoki onki hm-ashe eran yayeh raunnaun
yauntaun kanntatya hm-deh 'ndyaun sehnsatoa ronnyaun
Waria hnawakweh tond Yosehf sataunn haronnyaun

Iesus Ahattonnia, Ahattonnia, Iesus Ahattonnia

Asheh kaunnta horraskwa deh ha tirri gwames
Tishyaun ayau ha'ndeh ta aun hwa ashya a ha trreh
aundata:kwa Tishyaun yayaun yaun n-dehta

Iesus Ahattonnia, Ahattonnia, Iesus Ahattonnia

Dau yishyeh sta atyaun errdautau 'ndi Yisus
avwa tateh dn-deh Tishyaun stanshi teya wennyau
aha yaunna torrehntehn yataun katsyaun skehnn

Iesus Ahattonnia, Ahattonnia, Iesus Ahattonnia

Eyeh kwata tehnaunnte aheh kwashyehn ayehn
kiyeh kwanaun aukwayaun dehtsaun we 'ndeh adeh
tarrya diskwann aunkwe yishyehr eya ke naun sta

Iesus Ahattonnia, Ahattonnia, Iesus Ahattonnia

English.png English translation

Note: this is a poetic paraphrase, not a literal translation.

’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 wandering hunters heard the hymn:

Refrain:
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:
Refrain

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.
Refrain

Oh children of the forest free,
Oh sons of Manitou,
The holy Child of earth and Heav’n
Is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant Boy,
Who brings you beauty, peace and joy.
Refrain