The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A Cradle Hymn

Alternate Title: Hush! My Dear, Lie Still and Slumber
The first 3 verses were adapted and recorded by Doc Watson as "A Christmas Lullaby," 1990

Words and Music Isaac Watts (16741748), 1715

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Compare:  Hush! My Dear, Lie Still and Slumber and Hush My Babe

1. Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber,
Holy angels guard thy bed,
Heavenly blessings without number,
Gently falling on thy head.

2. How much better thou'rt attended,
Than the Son of God could be,
When from heaven he descended,
And became a child like thee!

3. Soft and easy is thy cradle,
Coarse and hard thy Savior lay:
When his birthplace was a stable,
And his softest bed was hay.

4. May'st thou learn to know and fear him,
Love and serve him all thy days;
Then to dwell forever near him,
Tell his love and sing his praise.

This hymn was based on this longer poem by Watts: Hush! My Dear

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