The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Sleep, Holy Babe

For Christmas

Words by Rev. Edward Caswall

Music by Rev. John B. Dykes and others
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Source: Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old, First Series (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., 1871), Carol #9

1. Sleep, holy Babe! upon Thy mother's breast
Great Lord of earth and sea and sky
How sweet it is to see Thee lie
In such a place of rest1
In such a place of rest!

2. Sleep, holy Babe! Thine angels watch around
All bending low with folded wings
Before Th' incarnate King of kings
In rev'rent awe profound
In rev'rent awe profound

3. Sleep! Holy Babe! while I with Mary gaze
In joy upon that Face awhile,
Upon the loving infant smile
Which there Divinely plays.
Which there Divinely plays.

4. Sleep! Holy Babe! Ah! take Thy brief repose;
Too quickly will Thy slumbers break,
And Thou to lengthened pains awake
That Death alone shall close.
That Death alone shall close.

1. Or: 'Thee lie' in such a place of rest Return

Sheet Music by John B. Dykes from Bramley and Stainer, Carol #9
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Sheet Music by J. B. Dykes from Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), #11
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Sheet Music by F. W. Partridge from Hutchins, #205
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Sheet Music by J. T. Field from Hutchins, #238
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Sheet Music by Arthur F. M. Custances from Hutchins, #323
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Sheet Music from Trier Gesangbuch from Hutchins, #668
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Sheet Music by W. Austin from Hutchins, #701
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Sheet Music "An Ancient Melody" from Hutchins, #719
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Sheet Music from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #104 (First Tune)
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Sheet Music from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #104 (Second Tune)
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Sheet Music from Edgar Pettman, ed., Modern Christmas Carols (London: Weekes & Co., 1892), #24:

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Note from Pettman: No. XXIV.—For Choir alone; may be sung after this manner—v. i.solo; 2, quartette; 3, solo; 4, full choir. At no place should the Choir sing forte.

Sheet Music from Rev. Edgar Pettman, ed., The Westminster Carol Book (London: Houghton & Co., 1899), No. 22, p. 29.

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Sheet Music from St. Basil's Hymnal, 12th Edition. New York, Benziger Brothers, ND.

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Sheet Music from Nicola A. Montani, ed., The St. Gregory Hymnal And Catholic Choir Book. Philadelphia: St. Gregory Guild, 1940, #14, p. 19.

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A SATB setting by Derek Healey (1936 - ), copyright 2003, can be obtained from Stainer & Bell, Ltd., London. Dedicated to Robert Threlfall, it is described as "A carol in the manner of Delius."

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