Sweet was the song the Virgin sang (Graham Patterson)

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Editor: Graham Patterson (submitted 2024-03-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SATB version.
Editor: Graham Patterson (submitted 2024-03-24).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This is the original version (for boy trebles) of the SATB version.

General Information

Title: Sweet Was The Song The Virgin Sang
Composer: Graham Patterson
Lyricist: traditional / Graham Pattersoncreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or SSAA
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: unpublished
Description: Written in 1967 for trebles, when the composer was 17, this SATB version was made in 2022.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. Sweet was the song the Virgin sang
when she to Bethlem Juda came,
And was delivered of a Son,
That blessed Jesus hath to name,
Mm, sweet Babe,' sang she,
'My Son and eke a Saviour born
Who hast vouchsafed from on high
To visit us that were forlorn.

'Lalulla, lalullaby, Sweet Babe', sang she,
And rocked him sweetly on her knee.

2. Pure was the voice that sang that night
with fragrance sweet perfumed the air,
As she did gaze up on her Son
She saw that love was lying there.
'Lulla, lulla, sweety Babe,'sang she,
My Son, a miracle most blest
Who in this world toil and strife
Art come from Heav'n to bring us rest

'Lalulla, lalullaby, Sweet Babe', sang she,
And rocked him sweetly on her knee.