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This is a carol from the Hebrides (The group of Islands of the West coast of Scotland). It's a beautiful, very simple tune, but I have taken it from the singing of Cathal McConnell of The Boys of the Lough (from the CD The Day Dawn), and I've included many of the decorations in Cathal's unique vocal style. It may be difficult to read the music with all the extra grace notes, etc, so I've also done a simple version (click here) which preserves the beauty of the carol but misses out the nuances.

I tried to work out the words of the song, but some of them I couldn't manage. Peggy Lamberson helped me out with the full version. See also Sheena Wellington's translation (here), thanks to Sue Littlefield. There are gaelic words also (see Taladh Chriosda). This tune is also available as an [ABC file] or a [MIDI file].
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The Christ Child's Lullaby

Traditional from the Hebrides Islands

Christ Child's Lullaby


The Christ Child's Lullaby
as sung by Cathal McConnell

My love and tender one are you
My sweet and lovely son are you
You are my love and darling you
Unworthy, I of you

Haleluia, haleluia, haleluia, haleluia.

Your mild and gentle eyes proclaim
The loving heart with which you came
A tiny tender hapless bairn
With boundless grace of face

Haleluia, haleluia, haleluia, haleluia.

King of Kings, most holy one
Gone the sun eternal one
You are my god and helpless son
High ruler of mankind

Haleluia, haleluia, haleluia, haleluia.

My love and tender one are you
My sweet and lovely son are you
You are my love and darling you
Unworthy, I of you

Haleluia, haleluia, haleluia, haleluia.


The Christ Child's Lullaby
As sung by Sheena Wellington:

My love my treasured one are you
my sweet and lovely son are you
you are my love my darling you
Unworthy I of you

Alleluia ...

your mild and gentle eyes proclaim
the loving heart with which you came
a tender helpless tiny babe
with boundless gifts of grace

Alleluia...

King of kings most holy one
God a son eternal one
You are my God and helpless son
My ruler of mankind

This was sent to me by Sue Littlefield of Colorado, USA, who said:
"...her accent is quite thick. I may have made a mistake or two...
Born in Dundee, that was her translation of the song..."


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