Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Christmas Eve

I'm at work this morning. A quiet break between copy sent out and approvals received. A bit of 'Christmas cheer' in the morning coffee (Starbucks - treated myself) from a co-worker makes the morning hum along. Light snowfall, blowing winds sweeping it along the highway on the drive in this morning. Nothing like the poor beggars on the coast are expected to get walloped with. Bryan and Phyllis are getting ready for arrivals throughout the day.

I'm going to take a break from the blog for a few days. Will be occupied with family and friends (as I hope you are) and then travelling up north. The laptop will be left behind. Don't want to look at a computer for at least three days.... ha.

Merry Christmas and blessings for the new year!

The Huron Carol ('Twas In The Moon of Winter Time)


'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 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
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

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.
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

O children of the forest free, O seed of Manitou
The holy Child of earth and heaven is born today 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.

Words: Jean de Brebeuf, ca. 1643; trans by Jesse Edgar Middleton, 1926
Music: French Canadian melody (tune name: Jesous Ahatonhia)

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