Lyrics: Cradle Song

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This song appears in Quiller-Couch’s The Oxford Book of English Verse where it is simply refered to as by Anonymous – 17th Century. There are some references which suggest it was written by the 16th Century Scottish poets and protestant activists, John, James & Robert Wedderburn.

Despite what you might read elsewhere, this Cradle Song is not a translation of Luther’s 1535 carol: ‘Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her’.

O my deir hert, young Jesus sweit,
Prepare thy creddil in my spreit,
And I sall rock thee in my hert
And never mair from thee depart.

But I sall praise thee evermore
With sangis sweit unto thy gloir;
The knees of my heart sall I bow,
And sing that richt Balulalow

The knees of my heart sall I bow,
And sing that richt Balulalow

Trad. Arr. Denny