The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A Cradle-Song of the Blessed Virgin

Alternate Title: The Virgin Stills The Crying

Words: Latin, trans. Rev. Henry Ramsden Bramley

Music: Joseph Barnby

Source: Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old, Second Series (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., 1871), Carol #33

Also, Carol 353, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), with the same words and music.
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1. The Virgin stills the crying
Of Jesus, sleepless lying;
And singing for His pleasure,
Thus calls upon her Treasure,

Chorus
"My Darling, do not weep,
My Jesu, sleep!

2. O Lamb, my love inviting,
O Star, my soul delighting,
O Flower of mine own bearing,
O Jewel past comparing! Chorus

3. My Child, of Might indwelling,
My Sweet, all sweets excelling,
Of Bliss the Fountain flowing,
The Dayspring ever glowing, Chorus

4. My Joy, my Exultation,
My spirit’s Consolation;
My Son, my Spouse, my Brother,
O listen to Thy Mother! Chorus

5. Say, would’st Thou heavenly sweetness,
Or love of answering meetness?
O is fit music wanting?
Ho! Angels, raise your chanting! Chorus

Sheet Music from Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1871)

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol 353

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