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Once as I remember

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Charles Wood

SATB

George Ratcliffe Woodward

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Once, as I remember,
   At the time of Yule,
After mid December,
   When it bloweth cool,
I o'erheard a Mother
   Was a-singing, 'Sweet Jesu,
      La-lullay-lu, La-lullay-lu.'

Near as man was able,
   On my knee fell I,
in the Bethlem stable
   Where the Babe did lie,
And the Virgin-mother
   Was a-singing, 'Sweet Jesu,
      La-lullay-lu, La-lullay-lu.'

Herdmen from the prairie
   Came and piped for glee
For the Babe and Mary:
   King of Glory he.
Then the Virgin Mother
   Fell a-singing, 'Sweet Jesu,
      La-lullay-lu, La-lullay-lu.'

Ox and ass around him,
   Courtier-like, did stand:
Fair white linen bound him,
   Spun by Mary's hand.
While the Virgin-mother
   Was a-singing, 'Sweet Jesu,
      La-lullay-lu, La-lullay-lu.'

To this Lord, contented
   To endure the cold,
Easterlings presented
   Incense, myrrh and gold:
Then the Virgin-mother
   Fell a-singing, 'Sweet Jesu,
      La-lullay-lu, La-lullay-lu.'

Ever among and o'er us
   Angel-quire gan sing
Antiphons in chorus
   To the new-born King.
Then the Virgin-mother
   Fell a-singing, 'Sweet Jesu,
      La-lullay-lu, La-lullay-lu.'

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Once as I remember - arr Wood

Created 05-Mar-11


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