The shepherd's cradle song (Charles Macpherson)

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  • (Posted 2021-01-04)  CPDL #62251:         
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2021-01-04).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 124 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Updated 24/12/2022 Edition has corrections to some word underlays

General Information

Title: The shepherd's cradle song
Composer: Charles Macpherson
Lyricist: Arthur Foxton Ferguson

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1912
Description: Originally published by J. Curwen and Sons Ltd. Carol based on Der Hirten Wiegenlied by Carl Borromäus Neuner.

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Original text and translations

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O sleep thou heaven-born treasure, thou,
Sleep sound, thou dearest Child;
White angel wings shall fan thy brow
With breezes soft and mild.

We shepherds poor are here to sing
A simple lullay to our King.
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 hush'd 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.