Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella

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1 Bring a torch, Jeanette, 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!

2 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!

3 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.

Source: Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #103

Translator: E. Cuthbert Nunn

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First Line: Bring a torch, Jeannette, Isabella
Title: Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella
Translator: E. Cuthbert Nunn
Meter: Irregular
Source: Traditional French carol
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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