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Coventry Carol

Full 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: O sisters too, how may we do
Title: Coventry Carol
Author: Robert Croo
Meter: 4.4.6 D with refrain
Source: English, 15th century
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Lully, lullay, thou little tiny Child
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #1077
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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #77Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #60
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #247Text
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #141
Scripture Song Database #797
Small Church Music #3522Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #1077TextScoreAudio
Include 10 pre-1979 instances