The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

 Would'st Thou Magnify The Story

Alle, die ihr Gott su ehren

Words by Paul Gerhardt, translated by the Editor of these Carols. Melody and harmony; Ebeling, 1667, as given by Zahn.

Notes and Source: George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1901, Revised and Expanded Edition), Carol #39

Would'st thou magnify the story
Of the Babe, the King of glory?
Eya! Eya! Eya! Eya!
Eya! Eya! Eya! Eya!
Stand and hearken, good my brother,
To the song of Jesu's mother,
Nigh the cradle of her Son:
"Eya! Eya! Eya! Eya!
Eya! Eya! Eya! Eya!
Eya! Eya! Sleep and slumber;
Sleep, sleep Jesu, darling mine.

2. "Sleep my Bridegroom, Son, nay rather
Son of God th'eternal Father:
Eya! Eya! Eya! Eya!
Eya! Eya! Eya! Eya!
See, Thy cradle I have made Thee,
On Thy pillow gently laid Thee--
Sleep, Thou beautifullest Child.
Eya! Eya! Eya! Eya!
Eya! Eya! Eya! Eya!
Eya! Eya! sleep and slumber;
Sleep, my Saviour and my Babe.

3. "Sleep, thou best of dowries golden;
Sleep, Thou Pearl of price untolden:
Eya! Eya! Eya! Eya!
Eya! Eya! Eya! Eya!
Sleep, my Solace, passing metre,
Than the milk and honey sweeter:
Sleep, of hearts Thou noble Guest.
Eya! Eya! Eya! Eya!
Eya! Eya! Eya! Eya!
Eya! Eya! sleep and slumber;
Sleep, Thou matchless Lily-flower."

Sheet Music from George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1902, Revised and Expanded Edition 1929), Carol #39
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Sheet Music from Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol 730
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