The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Sweet Was The Song The Virgin Sung

From William Ballet's Lute Book in Library of Trin. Coll., Dublin about A.D. 1600. Harmonized by Dr. Charles Wood

Notes and Source: George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1901, Revised and Expanded Edition), Carol #32

Sweet was the song the Virgin sung,
When she, when she to Bethlem Juda came,
And was deliver'd of a Son,
That blessed Jesus hath to name.
Lulla, lulla, lula, lullaby,
Lula, lula, lula, lullaby, sweet Babe, sung she,
My Son, and eke a Saviour born,
Who hast vouchsafed from on high
To visit us that were forlorn;
Lalula, lalula, lalulaby, sweet babe, sang she,
And rockt Him sweetly on her knee.

Sheet Music from George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1902, Revised and Expanded Edition 1929), Carol #32
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Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), #39, pp. 70-71.

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