The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Child Jesus So Dear

Text of first verse, Hymn Book, Cologne, 1623; of second and third verse,
Hymn Book, Strassburg, 1697. Melody more recent, according to Maria Augusta Trapp, Around the Year with the Trapp Family (New York: Pantheon, 1955).
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer

1. Child Jesus so dear, Thy manger is bare,
O Jesus so dear, so hard and so bare.

Refrain:
Ah, take Thy ease and Thy crying now cease,
Sleep and grant us eternal peace, eternal peace!

2. Winds, silence now keep and let the Child sleep!
All breezes away, that slumber he may. Refrain

3. No movement is heard, no creature has stirred,
His eyelids now close in tender repose. Refrain