Irish Lullaby for the Christ Child

Scoring

SSAA, soprano solo, optional harp

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Details

4:00
1995

The Princeton Singers on "Christmas with The Princeton Singers"
Margaret Anne Butterfield, soprano
Steven Sametz, director

Alliance Music Publications (AMP-0088)

Text

Shoheen, shoho, my child is my treasure
My jewel, my sinless, my share of the world
Shoheen, shoho, wow sweet is my pleasure
My dark flag of sorrow forever is furled.

Child of my bosom, may sleep ever thrive with you
Luck and contentment be ever in store.
God and your mother will nothing deprive from you
Sleep now, my baby, ’til dawn’s at the door.

On the hill of the sidhe the fairies are dancing
Playing their games by the fair moon of spring!
Here they come, tiptoe, laughing and prancing
To lure him away to the dunn of their king.

They shall not entice you by dint of their charming
They shall not allure you by the sound of their sheol.
I guard you by prayer from all that is harming
And God, with His warm wings, shall shelter your soul.

–Gaelic poem