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
1. The Virgin stills the crying
Of Jesus, sleepless lying;
And singing for His pleasure,
Thus calls upon her Treasure,
"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)
Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol 353
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