Un Flambeau Jeannette, Isabelle
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella

Melody - Melody - Nicholas Saboly, 1614-1675

Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle,
Un flambeau, courons au berceau!
C'est Jésus, bonnes gens du hameau,
Le Christ est né, Marie appelle,
Ah! ah! que la mère est belle,
Ah! ah! ah! que l'Enfant est beau!

Doucement, dans l'étable close,
Doucement, venez un moment!
Approchez! que Jésus est charmant!
Comme Il est blanc, comme Il est rose!
Do! do! do! que l'Enfant repose!
Do! do! do! qu'Il rit en dormant!
  Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabella
Bring a torch, come swiftly and run.
Christ is born, tell the folk of the village,
Jesus is sleeping in His cradle,
Ah, ah, beautiful is the Mother,
Ah, ah, beautiful is her Son.

Hasten now, good folk of the village,
Hasten now, the Christ Child to see.
You will find Him asleep in a manger,
Quietly come and whisper softly,
Hush, hush, peacefully now He slumbers,
Hush, hush, peacefully now He sleeps.

This is a traditional French carol from Provence. Torchlight processions on Christmas Eve are a French tradition. Children dressed as shepherds carry torches or candles as they go to church for Midnight Mass while singing this and other carols along the way.

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