COVENTRY CAROL, THE

by Dr. Benjamin Bolden

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Part of Ben’s trilogy of Christmas carol arrangements, this piece plays puts the traditional tune on a slightly unusual meter, and thereby maintains movement in the piece.

Lully, Lullah, Thou little tiny Child,
By, by, lully, lullay.

O sisters, too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day;
This poor Youngling for whom we sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day;
His men of might, in his own sight,
All children young, to slay.

Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee,
And ever mourn and say;
For Thy parting, nor say nor sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

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