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Bring A Torch Christmas Song

Bring A Torch

Year: 1553

Written By: Unknown

This carol originated in Provence, France in the 16th century and to this day children from the region sing it at mass each Christmas Eve. 'Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabelle' has been covered on dozens of occasions throughout the years, the first one of note came from Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians who faithfully retained its choral beginnings. Smokey Robinson gave the carol a Motown makeover in 1970 and the results were close to masterful. Even more contemporary is Sufjan Stevens's, admittedly flat, down a phoneline rendition. The pick of the bunch though comes from Tori Amos, from here 'Midwinter Graces' album of 2009, who stripped it back to one voice and a clean but nimble piano line.


Bring A Torch Lyrics

Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabelle!
Bring a torch, to the stable run
Christ is born. Tell the folk of the village
Jesus is born and Mary's calling.
Ah!* 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! Knock! Open the door for us!
Knock! 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 dreams!