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Sleep Holy Babe
By Edward Caswall, 1814-1878

Tune: ???? 4.6.8.8.6.4.4
Unknown
"Sleep Holy Babe" repeated twice at end of each verse for this tune.

Verses: 4
Introduction: Last Line
Key: F High: C Low: E Flat
[MIDI]
Tune: ???? 4.6.8.8.6
Traditional
Verses: 4
Introduction: Last Line
Key: G High: D Low: G
[MIDI]

Sleep, holy Babe!
Upon Thy Mother's breast!
Great Lord of earth and sea and sky,
How sweet it is to see Thee lie
In such a place of rest.

Sleep, holy Babe!
Thine angles watch around;
All bending low with folded wings,
Before th'Incarnate King of kings
In revrent awe pro-found.

Sleep, holy Babe!
While I with Mary gaze
In joy upon that face awhile,
upon the loving infant smile
Which ther divinely plays.

Sleep, holy Babe!
Ah, take thy brief repose;
Too quickly will Thy slumbers break
And Thou to lengthened pains awake,
That death alone shall close.


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