The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Our Lady Sat Within Her Bower

Words: George R. Woodward

Music: Tune in the Phrygian Mode, from Hayn v. Themar's Lieder, 1590; harmonized by Charles Wood.
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Source: Rev. George R. Woodward, The Babe Of Bethlehem, Being Some Christmas Carols (48 West Hill, Highgate Village, 1923), #06

1. Our Lady sat within her bow’r,
And sweetly sang from hour to hour,
    La-lulla-lu:
    Ho! Rest thee, my Bairn, and my God thereto;
    La-lulla, Babe Jesu!

2. In reverent wise, with holy hands,
She wrapt the Child in swathing bands.

3. But, as the sung the glad refrain,
Her tears gan trickle fast as rain.

4. A wonder sight it was to see
How Mary rockt him on her knee,

5. And bade him rest, and stint his weep,
Who giveth his beloved sleep.

Sheet Music from Charles Wood and George Ratcliffe Woodward, The Cambridge Carol-Book, Being Fifty-Two Songs For Christmas, Easter, And Other Seasons (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1924)

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