77. O sisters too

Lully, lulla,
thou little tiny child,
by by, lully lullay.

1 O sisters too,
how may we do
for to preserve this day
this poor youngling,
for whom we do sing
by by, lully lullay?

2 Herod the king,
in his raging,
charged he hath this day
his men of might,
in his own sight,
all young children to slay.

3 That woe is me,
poor child for thee!
and ever morn and day,
for thy parting
neither say nor sing
by by, lully lullay! [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: O sisters too
Refrain First Line: Lully, lulla
Meter: 44 6 D and refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Topic: Children; Christmas; Church Year: Christmas (3 more...)
Source: English, 15th century
Notes: The refrain is sung at the start and after verse 3 only.
Tune Information
Arranger: Martin Shaw (1875-1958)
Meter: 44 6 D and refrain
Key: g minor
Source: English 15th-century melody (later form)
Copyright: Arrangement: © Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd, The Tower Building, 11 York Road, London SE1 7NX. Permission applied for.

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