Sweet Was the Song
David Ashley White

Composer David Ashley White
Text William Ballet (17th cent.)
Voicing SAB, a cappella
Lectionary usage Christmas
Price $1.95 (U.S.)
Length 1' 30" Released 5/17
Catalog no. 405-225
Difficulty Mod. easy

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Anthem text
Sweet was the song the Virgin sang,
when she, when she to Bethlem Juda came
and was deliver'd of a Son,
that blessed Jesus hath to name.
"Lulla, lulla, lullaby,
Lula, lula, lula, lullaby."
"Sweet Babe," said she,
"my Son, and eke a Saviour born,
who hast vouchsafed from on high
to visit us that were forlorn;
Lulla, lulla, lullaby, sweet babe," sang she,
and rocked him sweetly on her knee.
Lulla, lulla, lulla, lulla, lullaby.”

--William Ballet (17th cent.)

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This brief SAB anthem is a lullaby carol. The text speaks of Mary singing to the infant Jesus, with "lulla, lullaby" refrains at the end of each of the two verses.


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