Cradle song of the Blessed Virgin (Joseph Barnby)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-01-10).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 91 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Cradle song of the Blessed Virgin
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Angela Goetze

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

Published: 1897

Description: The third part of Barnby's carol anthem, The First Christmas.

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Original text and translations

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Sleep, my babe, and o'er Thee
Angels vigil keep,
Silent, they adore Thee,
Sleep, my baby, sleep;

Jesu, sleep, Thy mother
Holds Thee in her arm,
May the love she bears Thee
Shield Thee safe from harm.

Sleep, my babe, still dreaming
Of Thy home above,
Whence Thou cam'st to save us,
By Thy Father's love.

Earthly pomp may tempt Thee,
Earthly sin assail,
But the tempter's legions
Shall in terror quail.

Thou shalt suffer torment,
Thou Thy life shall give,
Thou shalt die for sinners,
That the sinners live.

Jesu. Thou shalt triumph,
Glorious Thou shalt rise,
Thou shalt come to judge us,
Throned in the skies.

Sleep, my babe, and o'er Thee
Angels vigil keep,
Silent, they adore Thee,
Sleep, my baby, sleep.