Loreena McKennitt - Coventry carol

Lullay lullu, thou little tiny child
By by, lullay lullay

O sisters too, how may we do
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling
For whom we sing
By by, lullay lullay?

Lullay lullu, thou little tiny child
By by, lullay lullay

Herod, the king
In his raging
Chargeth he doth this day
His men of might
In his own right,
All young children to slay

Lullay, thou little tiny child
La la, lullay lullay

That woe is me
Poor child for thee!
And ever morn and day,
For thy parting
Neither say nor sing
By by, lully lullay!

Lully lullay, thou little tiny child
By by, lullay lullay


Lyrics: from the Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors (15th cent.)
Music: arranged and adapted by Loreena McKennitt
From: A winter garden (1995).
And from: A Midwinter Night's Dream (2008).

Source of the lyrics: the CD booklet. With some corrections by Enrico Crisostomo and by me.

 
This song is also song by Charlotte Church on her third CD Dream a dream, with almost exactly the same lyrics as those given above.

 
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