Wednesday, December 17, 2008

'Jesous Ahatonhia'

'Twas in the moon of winter time when all
the birds had fled,
That Mighty Gitchi Manitou sent angel
choirs instead.
Before their light the stars grew dim, and
wand'ring hunters heard the hymn
Within a lodge of broken bark the tender
Babe was found,
A ragged robe of rabbit skin enwrapped His
beauty round.
And as the hunter braves drew nigh, the
angels' song rang loud and high;

The earliest moon of winter time is not so
round and fair
As was the ring of glory on the helpless
Infant there.
And Chiefs from far before Him knelt with
gifts of fox and beaver pelt.

O children of the forest free, O sons of
The Holy child of earth and heav'n is born
to-day for you.
Come kneel before the radiant Boy, Who
brings you beauty, peace, and joy.

'Jesus, your King, is born; Jesus is born; in
excelsis gloria!'

Canada's first Christmas carol, "Jesus is Born" or "Noel Huron", attributed to Father Jean de Brebeuf, circa. 1642.


Jeanne said...

I love the carol and your photographs

Decadent Housewife said...

Thanks, Jeanne. This is one of my favourite carols.

Richard D said...

These photos are gorgeous. I love black & white and your photography skills are amazing.

Merry Christmas. (I may have to make a trip north to get some of that rice pudding in your more recent post - man, does that look good!)

Decadent Housewife said...

Thanks Rich. It is very tempting to do black and white - creates dimensional emotion which colour misses, I think. The cardinal, was shot through a window from inside the garage, aka The Shop From Hell. I waited and waited for him to show up to eat seed in the windowbox.

Get out a crock and make some pudding! However, it really does taste better on snowy days! :)