The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Sleep Baby Mine In Happy Case

Words: George Ratcliffe Woodward

Tune and setting if Es war einmal ein reicher man (Eisleben, 1598)

Source: Charles Wood and George Ratcliffe Woodward, The Cambridge Carol-Book, Being Fifty-Two Songs For Christmas, Easter, And Other Seasons (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1924)

1. Sleep, baby mine, in happy case:
Thy guardian eyeth, face to face,
Our heav'nly Father ever,
To whom the darkness and the light
Co-equal are: who, day and night
thy keeper, slumb'reth never.
Yet know, thou child in rich array,
On feather bed, that on a day
Thy Maker couch'd in straw and hay.

2. But harder was the plan, whereon
The Suff'rer mounted, woe-be-gone,
To save thy life from danger
Of leopard, bear, wolf, lion, snake.
Him sing I, Babe, Who for our sake
Did not abhor the manger.
What time the Virgin Mother kept
The cratch, wherein her Darling slept,
Of oft, as Men of Sorrow, wept.

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