Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella


              Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella

                                          French carol, 1553
                                       Mandolin tablature by 
                                    Elizabeth T. Knuth, 1998

Key: G

Like a waltz.  Smoothly, but with the first note of each 
measure somewhat emphasized.  Tempo about 134.

E--||---------------------|-----------------|
A--||--3:--5--------------|-----------------|
D--||--4:------------5----|--5----4----5----|
G--||---------------------|-----------------|
           |    |    |       |    |    |

         Bring       a       torch , Jean -


|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|--0----2----3----|--2---------0----|--5--------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|------------5----|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   |    |    |       |    |    |       |    |    |

 nette, Is - a  -   bel   -   la,    Bring       a


|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|--0----2----0----|-----------------|
|--5----4----5----|-----------------|--5--------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   |    |    |       |    |    |       |    |    |

   torch  , come   quick-ly   and     run!


|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|--5---------5----|--5----3----2----|--2----0---------|
|-----------------|-----------------|------------5----|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   |    |    |       |    |    |       |    |    |

Christ      is     born, tell the    folk  of   the


|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|--5---------4----|--2----4----5----|--0---------0----|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
   |    |    |       |    |    |       |    |    |

  vil   -  lage.    Je - sus  is     sleep  -   ing


                                            h
|-----------------|-----------------|-------r---------|
|--3---------3----|--2---------0----|-------e---------|
|-----------------|-----------------|--5----s---------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-------t---------|
   |    |    |       |    |    |       |    |    |

  in        his     cra   -   dle.    Ah!

        h                          
|-------r---------|-----------------|-----------------|
|--0----e---------|--2----3----2----|--0---------5----|
|-------s---------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-------t---------|-----------------|-----------------|
   |    |    |       |    |    |       |    |    |

  Ah!              Beau- ti - ful     is        the


                          h                 h
|-----------------|-------r---------|-------r---------|
|--2---------0----|-------e---------|--0----e---------|
|-----------------|--5----s---------|-------s---------|
|-----------------|-------t---------|-------t---------|
   |    |    |       |    |    |       |    |    |

  moth  -    er,    Ah!               Ah!


|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||
|--2----3----2----|--0---------5----|-----------------||
|-----------------|-----------------|--5--------------||
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||
   |    |    |       |    |    |       |    |    |

  Beau-ti - ful     is        her     Son.

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==                 TABLATURE EXPLANATION                  ==
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----------       
-4:------- Time 
-4:------- Signature 
----------

Rhythm:
  h = half note or rest

Charming words, lovely melody. It is easy to understand how carols were often not only sung but also danced.

This is simple to play, too. You can treat many of the quarter notes as if they were eighths as far as technique, that is, alternate downstrokes and upstrokes.

If you like, you can hear a MIDI file of "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella".


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