The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

He Smiles Within His Cradle

Words and Music: Ein Kindlein in der Wiegen, David Gregor Corner (1585-1648), Geistliche Nachtigal, Vienna, Austria, 1649
Translation: by Robert Graves

Sheet music available at RoDeby Music Company

Compare: A Baby In The Cradle

1. He smiles within his cradle,
A babe with face to bright
it beams most like a mirror
Against a blaze of light:
This babe so burning bright.

2. This babe we now declare to you
Is Jesus Christ, our Lord;
He brings both peace and heartiness:
Haste, haste with one accord
To feast with Christ our Lord.

3. And who would rock the cradle
Wherein this infant lies,
Must rock with easy motion
And watch with humble eyes,
Like Mary pure and wise.

4. O Jesus, dearest babe of all
And dearest babe of mine,
Thy love is great, thy limbs are small
O flood this heart of mine
With overflow from thine!

 

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