The Virgin's Cradle‑Hymn Copied from a print of the Virgin in a Roman Catholic village in Germany
Sleep, sweet babe! my cares beguiling:
Mother sits beside thee smiling;
Sleep, my darling, tenderly!
If thou sleep not, mother mourneth,
Singing as her wheel she turneth:
Come, soft slumber, balmily!
First published in Courier, August 1811, revised 1817 with the word "Roman" removed from the title.
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text),
listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
by Ronald Kent Arnatt (1930-)
, "The Virgin's cradle hymn", published 1955. [soprano, alto, and SATB chorus a cappella]
, title unknown
DUT ENG FRE GER
, title unknown [an adaptation]
DUT FRE GER
by Sarah Beck
, "The Virgin's cradle hymn", published 1933. [mixed chorus a cappella]
by Maurice Blower (1894-1982)
, "Cradle song", published 1935. [SATB chorus a cappella]
by Francis Boott (1813-1904)
, "Dormi, Jesu", published 1859. [voice and piano]
by Ian Alfred Copley (1926-)
, "Dormi, Jesu", published 1975 [SSAA chorus a cappella], from Two Lullaby Carols, no. ?
by Ervin J. Dunham
, "Sleep, sweet babe", published 1972. [soprano and SATB chorus a cappella]
by Frederick Thomas Durrant (1895-?)
, "The Virgin's cradle hymn", published 1935. [SATB chorus a cappella]
by Herrick M. Hayes
, "Lullaby", published 1957. [SATB chorus and piano]
by John Tasker Howard (1890-1964)
, "The Virgin's cradle hymn", published 1947. [SSA chorus and instrumental ensemble or piano]
by Edward Alexander MacDowell (1860-1908)
, "Cradle hymn", published 1894. [voice and piano]
by Alexander Campbell MacKenzie, Sir (1847-1935)
, "Dormi, Jesu (The Virgin's cradle hymn)", published 1892. [mezzo-soprano or alto, piano, and violin or violoncello obbligato]
by Charles Macpherson (1870-1927)
, "The Virgin's cradle hymn", <<1893.
by Kenneth Meek
, "Sleep, sweet babe", published 1951 [SATB chorus a cappella], from Three Christmas Carols, no. ?
by Roland Rogers (1847-1927)
, "Lullaby", published 1873. [partsong]
by Edmund Duncan Rubbra (1901-1986)
, "The Virgin's cradle hymn", published 1925. [SATB chorus a cappella]
by Jack Meredith Tatton (1901-1970)
, "The Virgin's cradle hymn", published 1940.
by Stephen D. Tuttle
, "Dormi, Jesu!", published 1943. [soprano, SSAA chorus, and piano]
by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
, "The Virgin's cradle song", 1894, first performed 1894 [voice and piano], first published in The Vocalist, April 1905 under the title "A cradle song"
by Charles Lee Williams (1852?-1935)
, "Dormi, Jesu!", published 1903. [five-part chorus a cappella]
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