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Lully, lullay, my child, my lamb

Language: English

Lully, lullay, my child, my lamb
[Head]1 of gold, read as the sun is red
Who when the long day is done
[Tugs]2 boots off, draws wool night-cap on,
Then pulls the blankets up over his head.
Lully, lullay.


On a horse?


Soon or late must come last
My prince…
Hoofs of fire! Eyes so wild
Whose black hair streams in the black blast…
Weeping she said ‘Sleep, sleep my child’


I hear hoofs.


Once. [Twice.]3


A bargain with you, Death.




No! It is time!


[He’s]4 laughing.

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Confirmed with The Rider by Night. Play in one act by Edward Lightfoot (to be performed with musical accompaniment), ed. by Marc-André Roberge, Bath: The Sorabji Archive; critical edition (as part of a critical edition for the corresponding work by K. S. Sorabji), 2008, pages 54-57, 59, 61, 65-66. Excerpts as set by K. S. Sorabji. These excerpts appear as sung text or spoken cues in Sorabji’s manuscript. Text that is spoken in Sorabji’s setting rather than sung is formatted here in italics.

1 Sorabji: "hair"
2 Sorabji: "skips"
3 omitted by Sorabji
4 Sorabji: "He is"

Submitted by Poom Pipatjarasgit [Guest Editor]


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