247. O sisters, too, how may we do

Lully, lullay, thou little tiny child,
bye-bye, lully lullay.

1. O sisters, too, how may we do
for to preserve this day
this poor youngling for whom we sing,
bye-bye 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 every morn and day,
for thy parting not say nor sing
bye-bye, lully lullay.

Lully, lullay, thou little tiny child,
bye-bye, lully lullay.

Text Information
First Line: O sisters, too, how may we do
Refrain First Line: Lully, lullay, thou little tiny child
Meter: 44. 6 D with Refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Topic: Holy Days and Various Occasions: Holy Innocents (December 28)
Source: Coventry carol, 15th cent.
Tune Information
Name: COVENTRY CAROL
Harmonizer: Martin Fallas Shaw, 1875-1958
Meter: 44. 6 D with Refrain
Key: g minor
Source: Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors, 15th cent. (melody)
Copyright: Harmonization by permission of Oxford University Press.



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