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Coventry Carol

Representative Text

Lully, lulla,
thou little tiny child,
by by, lully lullay.

1 O sisters too,
how may we do
for to preserve this day
this poor youngling,
for whom we do sing
by by, lully lullay?

2 Herod the king,
in his raging,
charged he hath this day
his men of might,
in his own sight,
all young children to slay.

3 That woe is me,
poor child for thee!
and ever morn and day,
for thy parting
neither say nor sing
by by, lully lullay! [Refrain]

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #77

Author: Robert Croo

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Text Information

First Line: Lullay, lullay, thou lytle child
Title: Coventry Carol
Author: Robert Croo
Meter: 4.4.6 D with refrain
Source: 'Early English Carols,' ed. R. L. Greene. 15th century. From a MS. in Cambridge University Library. (Add. 5943); English, 15th century
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Lully, lullay, thou little tiny Child
Publication Date: 1878
Copyright: Public Domain



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Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

Ancient and Modern #77

Common Praise #60


Hymns for a Pilgrim People #141

Scripture Song Database #797


The Cyber Hymnal #1077


The Hymnal 1982 #247

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