The Merry Innocents

by Chelsea Coleman & Madeline Tasquin

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1.
God rest you merry, Innocents, Let nothing you dismay, Let nothing wound an eager heart Upon this Christmas day. Yours be the genial holly wreaths, The stockings and the tree; An aged world to you bequeaths Its own forgotten glee. Soon, soon enough come crueler gifts, The anger and the tears; Between you now there sparsely drifts A handful yet of years. Oh, dimly, dimly glows the star Through the electric throng; The bidding in temple and bazaar Drowns out the silver song. The ancient altars smoke afresh, The ancient idols stir; Faint in the reek of burning flesh Sink frankincense and myrrh. Gaspar, Balthazar, Melchior! Where are your offerings now? What greetings to the Prince of War, His darkly branded brow? Two ultimate laws alone we know, The ledger and the sword -- So far away, so long ago, We lost the infant Lord. Only the children clasp His hand; His voice speaks low to them, And still for them the shining band Wings over Bethlehem. God rest you merry, Innocents, While innocence endures, A sweeter Christmas than we to ours May you bequeath to yours. Ogden Nash
2.
C'est la belle nuit de Noel La neige etend son manteau blanc Et les yeux leves vers le ciel A genoux, les petits enfants Avant de fermer les paupieres Font une derniere priere. Petit papa Noel Quand tu descendras du ciel Avec des jouets par milliers N'oublie pas mon petit soulier. Mais avant de partir Il faudra bien te couvrir Dehors tu vas avoir si froid C'est un peu a cause de moi. Il me tarde que le jour se leve Pour voir si tu m'as apporte Tous les beaux joujoux que je vois en reve Et que je t'ai commandes. Et quand tu seras sur ton beau nuage Viens d'abord sur notre maison Je n'ai pas ete tous les jours tres sage Mais j'en demande pardon. Petit papa Noel Quand tu descendras du ciel Avec des jouets par milliers N'oublie pas mon petit soulier. Mais avant de partir Il faudra bien te couvrir Dehors tu vas avoir si froid C'est un peu a cause de moi. Je suis prêt a recevoir
3.
Jesus our brother kind and good Was humbly born in a stable of wood And the friendly beasts around him stood Jesus our brother kind and good "I" said the donkey shaggy and brown I carried his mother up hill and down I carried him safely to Bethlehem town "I" said the donkey shaggy and brown And "I" said the cow all white and red I gave him my manger for a bed I gave him my hay for to pillow his head "I" said the cow all white and red "I" said the sheep with a curly horn I have him my wool for his blanket warm And he wore my coat on that Christmas morn "I" said the sheep with a curly horn "I" said the sheep with a curly horn "I" said the dove from the rafters high Cooed him to sleep that he should not cry We cooed him to sleep my love and I "I" said the dove from the rafters high Thus every beast remembering it well In the stable dark was so proud to tell Of the gifts that they gave Emmanuel The gifts that they gave Emmanuel
4.
Silent Night 04:05
Silent night, holy night
 All is calm, all is bright
 Round yon Virgin Mother and Child 
Holy Infant so tender and mild
 Sleep in heavenly peace
 Sleep in heavenly peace Silent night, holy night!
 Shepherds quake at the sight
 Glories stream from heaven afar
 Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
 Christ, our brother is born
 Christ, our brother is born Silent night, holy night 
Son of God, love's pure light
 Radiant beams from Thy holy face
 With the dawn of redeeming grace
 Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
 Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth Silent night, holy night
 All is calm, all is bright 
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
 Holy Infant so tender and mild
 Sleep in heavenly peace
 Sleep in heavenly peace
5.
What child is this who laid to rest on Mary's lap is sleeping, whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping? Raise, raise the song on high! A mother sings her lullaby. Joy, joy, for Christ is born, the babe, the son of Mary. What child is this who lays so sweet while ox and ass lay at his feet. Come have no fear God's children hear, the silent word is pleading. Raise, raise the song on high! A mother sings her lullaby. Joy, joy, for Christ is born, the babe, the son of Mary.
6.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas 
Let your heart be light
 Next year all our troubles will be out of sight Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
 Make the yuletide gay Next year all our troubles will be miles away Once again, as in olden days,
 Happy golden days of yore 
Faithful friends who are dear to us
 Will be near to us once more.
 Someday soon we all will be together If the fates allow
 Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow 
So have yourself a merry little Christmas now.  
7.
O come, O come, Emmanuel
 And ransom captive Israel
 That mourns in lonely exile here
 Until the Son of God appear 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
 Shall come to thee, O Israel O come, thou dayspring, come and cheer 
Our spirits by thine advent here
 And drive away the shades of night
 And pierce the clouds and bring us light Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
 Shall come to thee, O Israel. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
 Shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, thou rod of Jesse, free
 Thine own from satan's tyranny
 From depths of hell thy people save
 And give us victory o'er the grave Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
 Shall come to thee, O Israel. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

 O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
 Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height, 
In ancient times did give the Law, 
In cloud, and majesty and awe. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
 Shall come to thee, O Israel 2x
8.
O Tannenbaum 01:27
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum, Wie treu sind deine Blätter! Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit, Nein, auch im Winter, wenn es schneit. O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum, Wie treu sind deine Blätter! O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum, Du kannst mir sehr gefallen! Wie oft hat schon zur Winterzeit Ein Baum von dir mich hoch erfreut! O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum, Du kannst mir sehr gefallen! Here's a literal translation: O evergreen, o evergreen How loyal are your leaves/needles! You're green not only in the summertime, No, also in winter when it snows. O evergreen, o evergreen How loyal are your leaves/needles! O evergreen, o evergreen You can please me very much! How often has not at Christmastime A tree like you given me such joy! O evergreen, o evergreen You can please me very much!
9.
Sleep, my child, let peace attend thee All through the night Guardian angels God will lend thee All through the night Soft the drowsy hours are creeping Hill and veil and sunlight sleeping I my loving vigil keeping All through the night While the moon her watch is keeping All through the night While the weary world is sleeping All through the night O'er thy spirit gently stealing Visions of delight revealing Breathe a pure and holy feeling All through the night Hark, a solemn bell is ringing Clear through the night Thou, my love, art heavenward winging Home through the night Earthly dust from off thee shaken Soul immortal shall awaken With thy last dim journey taken Home through the night

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released December 1, 2012

Recorded by Madeline Tasquin
Mixed & mastered by Matthew Powell
Chelsea Coleman ~ Guitar & Vocals
Madeline Tasquin ~ Ukulele, vocals, piano, glockenspiel, percussion
Dan Cantrell ~ Musical saw (#1)
Graham Patzner ~ Violin (#3,5,7)
Special thanks to Prince Street House, Fairview House and GrizzlyDick2.0 for being our recording studios, and to Dan Cantrell for lending us your beautiful microphone for the project!

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Songbird-songwriters Chelsea Coleman & Madeline Tasquin have teamed up to create a beautiful collection of winter and Christmas songs. Enjoy!

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