The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Lullay, Mine Liking

For Christmas

Words and Music: English Traditional, Fifteenth Century
British Museum. MS. Sloane 2593. XV Cent.

Versions on this site:
Lullay, Myn Lykyng (Richard Greene)
Lullay My Liking - Version 1
 Lullay My Liking - Version 2
Lullay, Mine Liking (Modern, From Rickert)
I Saw A Fair Maiden (Richard Terry, with music)
Lullay, Mine Liking, My Dere Sone, Mine Sweting (Chambers & Sidgwick)

Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), p. 66.

Lullay, mine Liking, my dear Son, mine Sweeting,
Lullay, my dear Heart, mine own dear Darling.

1. I saw a fair maiden sit and sing,
She lulled a little child, a sweet lording:
    Lullay, mine Liking, my dear Son, mine Sweeting,
    Lullay, my dear Heart, mine own dear Darling.

2. That very lord is He that made all things
Of all lords He is Lord (and) King of all kings.
    Lullay, mine Liking, my dear Son, mine Sweeting,
    Lullay, my dear Heart, mine own dear Darling.

3. There was a mickle melody at that Childes birth,
All that were in heaven's bliss, they made mickle mirth.
    Lullay, mine Liking, my dear Son, mine Sweeting,
    Lullay, my dear Heart, mine own dear Darling.

4. Angels bright they sang that night and saiden to that Child,
"Blessed be Thou, and so be she that is both meek and mild."
    Lullay, mine Liking, my dear Son, mine Sweeting,
    Lullay, my dear Heart, mine own dear Darling.

5. Pray we now to that Child, and to His mother dear,
Grant them His blessing that now maken cheer.
    Lullay, mine Liking, my dear Son, mine Sweeting,
    Lullay, my dear Heart, mine own dear Darling.

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