Madonna, Madonnina Sat by the grey road-side, Saint Joseph her beside, And Our Lord at her breast; Oh they were fain to rest, Mary and Joseph and Jesus, All by the grey road-side. She said, Madonna Mary, "I am thirsty, Joseph, and weary, All in the desert wide." Then bent down a tall palm-tree Its branches low to her knee; "Behold," the palm-tree said, "My fruit that is drink and bread." So were they satisfied, Mary and Joseph and Jesus, All by the grey road-side. From Herod they were fled Over the desert wide, Mary and Joseph and Jesus, In Egypt to abide: Mary and Joseph and Jesus, In Egypt to abide. The blesse`d Queen of Heaven Her own dear Son hath given For my son's sake; his sleep Is safe and sweet and deep.
- by Adelaide Crapsey (1878 - 1914), "Cradle-Song", appears in Verse, first published 1915 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Normand Lockwood (b. 1906), "Cradle-Song", published 1953. [SATB chorus a cappella] [text not verified]
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Word count: 135