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He smiles within his cradle


R. Mather


Melody from D.G. Corner's Geistliche Nachtigal, Vienna 1649.

Austrian. Translation of "Ein Kindlein in der Wiegen" by Robert Graves.


He smiles within his cradle,
a babe with face so bright
it beams most like a mirror
against a blaze of light:
This babe so burning bright.

This babe we now declare to you
is Jesus Christ, our Lord;
he brings both peace and heartiness:
haste, haste with one accord
to feast with Christ our Lord.

And who would rock the cradle
wherein this infant lies,
must rock with easy motion
and watch with humble eyes,
like Mary pure and wise.

O Jesus, dearest babe of all
and dearest babe of mine,
thy love is great, thy limbs are small
O flood this heart of mine
with overflow from thine!


He smiles within - arr Mather

Created 15-Sep-08 Revised 24-Dec-08

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