Twas in the moon of wintertime (Huron Carol) (Crys Armbrust)
- Editor: Crys Armbrust (submitted 2013-08-16). Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 519 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: See alternate version below for expanded orchestral version with strings. Flute and horn parts included.
- Editor: Crys Armbrust (submitted 2013-08-16). Score information: Letter, 17 pages, 1.05 MB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Conductor's score, string, flute, horn and drum parts included. Choir score included in separate work entry above.
Title: Twas in the moon of wintertime (Huron Carol)
Composer: Crys Armbrust
First published: 2004
Description: Original setting of Huron Carol text by Jean de Brebeuf (1593-1649) for SATB choir with 3-part men and women divisi, organ, flute and horn. The alternate versions replaces organ with strings (V1&2, Va1&2, Vcl and Cb). English translation by Jesse E. Middleton (1872-1960).
Original text and translations
’Twas in the moon of wintertime,
When all the birds had fled,
That mighty God, the Lord of all,
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.
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,
The angels' song is true.
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.