The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Lullay Myn Lykyng

For Christmas

Words and Music: English Traditional
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: Richard Greene, ed., A Selection of English Carols (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1962), #40, pp. 98-99.

'Lullay, myn lykyng, my dere sone, myn swetyng,
Lullay, my dere herte, myn owyn dere derlyng.'

I saw a fayr maydyn syttyn and synge;
Sche lullyd a lytyl chyld, a swete lordyng.

That eche Lord is that that made alle thinge;
Of alle lordis he is Lord, of alle kynges Kyng.

Ther was mekyl melody at that chyldes berthe;
Alle tho wen in hevene blys, thei made mekyl merth.

Aungele bryght, thei song that nyght and seydyn to that chyld,
'Blyssid be thou, and so be sche that is bothe mek and myld.'

Prey we now to that chyld, and to his moder dere,
Grawnt hem his blyssyng that now makyn chere.

Also found in Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols from a Manuscript in the British Museum of the Fifteenth Century (London: Printed by Richards for The Warton Club, 1856), Hymn LXIX, pp. 94-95. This version adds the "Lullay, myn, etc." after each stanza. In the 4th verse, the first line is given as:

Aungele bry3t, thei song that ny3t and seydyn to that chyld

Sheet Music by Richard R. Terry from Richard R. Terry, ed., Twelve Christmas Carols. (London: J. Curwen & Sons, Ltd., 1912), pp. 16-17.

There is also a musical setting by Gustov Holtz, 1916, Op. 34, No. 2; See Lullay My Liking, Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL), for a PDF of that score, a MIDI file, a FinaleTM file, and a set of lyrics.

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