This Christmas carol is one of the lesser known in the United States, but in the Provence section of France, where the carol originated, it is still sung by children dressed as shepherds and milkmaids, as they walk to Midnight Mass.
BRING A TORCH, JEANETTE ISABELLA (17th Century Christmas Carol)
Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabella!
Bring a torch, to the stable call
Christ is born, tell the folk of the village
Jesus is born and Mary’s calling.
Ah![a] Ah! Beautiful is the Mother!
Ah! Ah! Beautiful is her Child
Who is that, knocking on the door?
Who is it, knocking like that?
Open up, we’ve arranged on a platter
Lovely cakes that we have brought here
Knock! Knock! Open the door for us!
Knock! Knock! Let’s celebrate!
It is wrong when the Child is sleeping,
It is wrong to talk so loud. Silence, now as you gather around,
Lest your noise should waken Jesus.
Hush! Hush! See how He slumbers;
Hush! Hush! See how fast He sleeps!
Softly now unto the stable,
Softly for a moment come!
Look and see how charming is Jesus,
Look at Him there, His cheeks are rosy!
Hush! Hush! See how the Child is sleeping;
Hush! Hush! See how He smiles in His dreams!