• Duration: 3 minutes
  • Chorus: unaccompanied Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass
  • Published by: Hawes Music

The original 15th century English text has been slightly shortened and adapted to provide the basis for this simple but atmospheric carol.  The Virgin Mary sings the Infant Jesus to sleep, conveying the love and devotion of a new mother, and the choir echoes her words in the form of a tender lullaby.

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Lullay My Liking

I saw a maiden
sitten and sing:
She lulled a child,
A sweete Lording.

   Lullay my liking,
   my dear Son, my Sweeting;
   Lullay my dear Heart,
   mine own dear Darling.

Eternal Lord is He
That made alle thing;
Of Lordes He is Lord,
Of every King He’s King.

   Lullay my liking . . .

Angels sang that night
And saiden to that Child
“Blest be Thou and she
That is so meek and mild.”

   Lullay my liking . . .

Pray we now to that child,
As to His mother dear,
God grant His blessing now
To all maken good cheer.

   Lullay my liking . . .

Words: adapted from Lullay My Liking, trad. 15th Century.