Lullay, My Child, And Weep No More
Words and Music: English Traditional, Fifteenth Century
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Lullay, My Child, And Weep No More (Rickert)
Lullay, My Child, And Wepe No More (Chambers & Sidgwick), with note.
Lullay, my chyld, and wepe no more - Thomas Wright
1. "Lullay, my child, and weep no more,
Sleep and be now still;
The King of bliss thy Father is,
As it was His will."
2. This endernight I saw a sight,1
A maid a cradle keep,
And ever she sang and said among,
"Lullay, my child and sleep."
3. "I may not sleep, but I may weep,
I am wo woebegone;
Sleep I would, but I am cold,
And clothes I have none."
4. Methought I heard, the Child answered,
And to His mother He said,
"My mother, what do I here?
In crib why am I laid?
5. "I was born and laid beforn,
Beastes, both ox and ass;
My mother mild, I am thy child,
But He my father was.
6. "Adam's gilt this man had spilt,2
That sin grieveth me sore;
Man, for thee here shall I be
Thirty winter and more.
8. "Here shall I be hanged on a tree,
And die as it is skill;5
That I have bought, less will I nought;
It is my Father's will.
9. "A spear so sharp shall pierce my heart,
For deeds that I have done.
Father of grace, whether Thou hast
Forgotten Thy little son?
2. Destroyed. Return
3. Text: baleis, to-bete . . . to-wete. Return
4. Text: to bote = to help. Return
5. Necessary. Return
6. Suffer. Return
7. Certainly. Return
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