The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Virgin Is Hushing Her Baby To Rest

Cradle Song for Christmas

Words: W. Chatterton Dix

Music: Joseph Barnby

Source: W. Chatterton Dix and Joseph Barnby, "Four Christmas Carols" (London: Novello, Ewer and Co. 1890), reprinted in The Musical Times and Singing Circular, Vol. 31, No. 574 (London: Novello, December 1, 1890), No. 2, p. 2.

1. The Virgin is hushing her Baby to rest,
    With "Lullaby, lullaby, beautiful Child!"
She presses her wonderful Son to her breast,
    Right glad then now is she!

2. The Babe she is nursing is come down to save,
    "O lullaby, lullaby, beautiful Child!"
Poor sinners from darkness and powers of the grave;
    Right glad then now is she!

3. See, Jesus looks up in his Mother's kind face,
    "O lullaby, lullaby, beautiful Child!"
He smiles on that Mother, the Maid1 full of Grace.
    Right glad then now is she!

Footnote.

1. The word "Maid" is replaced by "Queen" in Dix's Christmas Carols & Christmas Customs (ca. 1870).  Return

Sheet Music From W. Chatterton Dix and Joseph Barnby, "Four Christmas Carols" (London: Novello, Ewer and Co. 1890), reprinted in The Musical Times and Singing Circular, Vol. 31, No. 574 (London: Novello, December 1, 1890), No. 2, p. 2.

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Note from Text.

On page 1 it was noted:

"These four carols can be sung as a complete set, and may be connected (or not) by a few bars of symphony at the pleasure of the accompanist."

Also appeared in W. Chatterton Dix, ed., Christmas Carols & Christmas Customs (No publisher, location or date; ca. 1870), #14, p. 4, who noted that the music was a French Flanders Melody, harmonized by the Rev. H. Fleetwood Sheppard, M.A..

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