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Blemont, Emile (17th July 1839-1st February1927)

He was a playwright, poet, art critic and journalist born Leon Emile Petitdidier in Paris, France, who would use the pseudonym Emile Blemont.

As a playwright he is known for his Moliere with Auteuil, Robin and Marion and the Maidservant of Moliere and as a poet he published the works Poems of Italy and Poems of China among others and was a founder of La Maison de Poesie (House of Poetry).

He will be internationally remembered for the words to the Christmas carol “Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabella” also known as “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” which he wrote in 1901.

In 1929 a street in Paris was named after him following his death in 1927 at age 87/8.

Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella recordings
Leroy Anderson & His Orchestra
Decca B0003552-02 (CD: A Leroy Anderson Christmas)

Deborah Henson-Conant
Golden Cage (CD: The Gift)
Harp– Deborah Henson-Conant

Mannheim Steamroller
American Gramaphone Records AG 1984 (CD: Christmas)

Robert Shaw Chorale 
RCA 6429 – 2 – RG (CD: A Festival of Carols)
(Arrangers – Robert Shaw/Alice Parker)