Herod in His Raging

I'm overwhelmed by sadness today.  I had never heard this beautiful Christmas hymn until yesterday, which tells of the innocent children Herod killed in his search for Christ. It is unfortunately so fitting. Peace to you all.  

Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
Lullay, thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
O sisters too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling for whom we do sing
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
Herod, the king, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might, in his own sight,
All young children to slay.
That woe is me, poor Child for Thee!
And ever mourn and sigh,
For thy parting neither say nor sing,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.


Michelle M. said...

Lord have mercy. This is a beautiful and poignant piece. Thank you for sharing it.

Jenn Brooks said...

I could only hear in my head a song about the bombing of a church in Birmingham in the 60's that killed four young girls. The Coventry Carol is so fitting. We will all be hugging our loved ones and holding the bereaved in our thoughts. Thank you for posting this.