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Coventry Carol, The
by Croo, Robert

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by Baker, Christopher R.


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Genre: Folk/Traditional
Language: English



Song Lyrics

Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
By, by, lully, lullay.

O sisters too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day
This poor Youngling for Whom we sing
By, by, lully, lullay?

Herod the king, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might, in his own sight,
All young children to slay.

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, lully, lullay.



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Robert Croo - 1534

Words & Music: Renaissance carol. It is named after the ci­ty of Cov­ent­ry, Eng­land, where the 15th Cent­ury Pag­eant of the Shear­men and Tail­ors de­pict­ed Herod’s slaugh­ter of the in­no­cents, told in the lyr­ics.

This song is sung by the women of Bethlehem as a lullaby to their babies and young children who are to be slain.



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