The Shepherd's Cradle Song (Karl Leuner/Charles Macpherson)

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  • (Posted 2021-01-14)  CPDL #62367:    Network.png PDF, MP3, MXL, SIB and MIDI files available.
Editor: Philip Le Bas (submitted 2021-01-14).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Arranged by Philip Le Bas.

General Information

Title: The Shepherd's Cradle Song
Composers: Karl Leuner and Charles Macpherson
Lyricist: A Foxton Ferguson (translator)create page

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SABar
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2021
Description: A piano reduction is included to help with practice.

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Original text and translations

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O sleep thou heav'n born treasure,
thou, sleep sound, thou dearest child;
White angle wings shall fan thy brow
with breezes soft and mild.
Lullaby, lullaby, sleep, sleep softly, lullaby.

See, Mary has with Mother's love a bed for thee outspread,
While Joseph stoops and watches at thy head,
The lambkins in the stall so nigh, that thou may'st sleep,
have hushed their cry.
Lullaby, lullaby, sleep, sleep softly, lullaby.

And when thou'rt big and art a man
full woe's in store for thee;
For cruel men thy death will plan, and hang thee on a tree.
So sleep my baby whilst thou may,
'twill give thee rest against that day.
Lullaby, lullaby, sleep, sleep softly, lullaby.