by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation by Arthur Charlton

The Virgin's Cradle‑Hymn
Language: English  after the Latin 
Holy Infant in Thy cradle,
With thy mother watching o'er Thee,
Slumber softly, slumber gently,
In her loving care, rest sweet Babe, peacefully. 

As she bends to gaze upon Thee,
From her lips a prayer falls softly;
Is there in her heart a sorrow? 
For she, weeping, rocks Thee tenderly. 
Holy Infant, slumber gently,
Blessed Jesu, slumber peacefully.


Based on

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834) , "The Virgin's Cradle-Hymn Copied from a print of the Virgin in a Roman Catholic village in Germany" [an adaptation] DUT FRE GER ; composed by Ronald Kent Arnatt, Sarah Beck, Maurice Blower, Francis Boott, Ian Alfred Copley, Ervin J. Dunham, Frederick Thomas Durrant, Herrick M. Hayes, John Tasker Howard, Edward Alexander MacDowell, Alexander Campbell MacKenzie, Sir, Charles Macpherson, Kenneth Meek, Roland Rogers, Edmund Duncan Rubbra, Jack Meredith Tatton, Stephen D. Tuttle, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Charles Lee Williams.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bertram Kottmann , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission DUT ENG ENG FRE ; composed by Gary Bachlund.

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This text was added to the website: 2003-10-20
Line count: 10
Word count: 58