The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Sweet Mary Lulled Her Blessed Child

Words: Colin Sterne

Music: H. Ernest Nichol
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #321

1. Sweet Mary lulled her blessed Child
In manger lying lowly;
Full tender was her gaze and mild,
Her heart was pure and undefiled
And all her tho’ts were holy.
She sang a song of slumber.


"Sleep, my Heart’s Desire!
Lullaby, I sing;
Born in lowly byre,
Yet Saviour, Lord and King.
Lullaby, lullaby, lullaby.

2. The Sages of a wondrous line
Have come and bow’d before Thee,
In eastern heav’n they saw the sign,
That mark’d Thee, as the Child Divine
And hasted to adore Thee.
Thine eyes were closed in slumber. Chorus

3. "Yet while I look upon Thy face,
As Thou art calmly sleeping,
Across the coming years I trace,
Both gloom and glory grief and grace
Both sounds of joy and weaping,
Though Thou art wrapt in slumber." Chorus

4. But Jesus in His lowly bed
Lay dreaming dreams of gladness,
And Mary lifted up her head,
"The Father’s will is best!" she said,
"He healeth all our sadness,
Thou smilest in Thy slumber." Chorus

Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #321

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