The Christ Child's Lullaby
The Christ Child's Lullaby (Gaelic: "TALADH CHRISODA"), 2-5 octaves, level 2, 2009, GIA, MGIG7430.
Traditional carol from Scotland's Outer Isles. The melody is a traditional Gaelic waulking song (a song sung by workers to keep the rhythm while making hand-woven tweed cloth) from the Scottish outer isles of the Outer Hebrides. The original Gaelic carol text was written by the Rev. Ranald Rankin in 1855 as a gift to the children of his congregation in Moidart to sing on Christmas Eve. This was soon heard in churches on the isles of Barra, South Uist and Eriskay, where it was collected by Marjorie Kennedy-Fraser and first published in her "Songs of the Hebrides" in the early 20th century. The words are:
"My Love, my joy, my darling, thou,
With riches full my heart is now,
My babe-son beautiful art thou,Unworthy I to tend to thee.Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
My Love, as hope and life art thou,
My love, as heart and eye art thou,
Though but a tender babe, I bow
In heav'nly rapture unto thee.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. Amen."
This version is set in a simple, flowing style that reflects the austerity and the majesty of the newborn Christ Child. Both 2/3 and 3/5 octaves are available in one edition
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