The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

I Heard An Infant Weeping

Words of Dum virgo vagientem, versified by George Ratcliffe Woodward
Tune of
Ein Kindlein in der wiegen (Corner's Nachtigall, 1649),
Harmonized by Charles Wood.

Notes and Source: George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, ca. 1919), Carol #90, and
George Radcliffe Woodward, ed, Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), #426

1. I heard an Infant weeping,
And yearning sore for rest;
But, ere he fell alseeping,
Thus sung his Mother blest:
Babe Jesu, lullaby!

2. My Lamb, from God forth-faring,
My Life, my guiding Star,
Fair Lily, of my bearing,
Than jewel rarer far:
Babe Jesu, lullaby!

3. Jesu, more sweet than honey,
My fountain of delight,
Beyond the worth of money,
The Dayspring from the height.
Babe Jesu, lullaby!

4. O joyaunce of thy Mother,
Her heart's-ease, all in all,
Creator, Son and Brother,
Hear Mary's madrigall:
Babe Jesu, lullaby!

5. Whereto the ox is lending
The tenor to mine air,
And ass his voice is blending,
The burden for to bear.
Babe Jesu, lullaby!

6. But if thou world'st a sweeter
And more melodious chang,
To mend our faulty metre,
Bid Angels make descant.
Babe Jesu, lullaby!

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Sheet Music from George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, ca. 1919), Carol #90
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