A babe lies in the cradle

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1 A babe lies in the cradle,
A little babe so dear,
With noble light he shineth
As shines a mirror clear,
This little babe so dear.

2 The babe within the cradle
Is Jesus Christ our Lord;
To us all peace and amity
At this good time afford
Thou Jesus Christ our Lord.

3 Whoso would rock the cradle
Where lies the gentle child,
A lowly heart must lead him,
By passions undefiled,
As Mary pure and mild.

4 O Jesu, babe belovèd!
O Jesu, babe divine!
How mighty is thy wondrous love!
Fill thou this heart of mine
With that great love of thine.

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Translator: Paul England (c. 1863-1932)

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First Line: A babe lies in the cradle
Translator: Paul England (c. 1863-1932)
Meter: 7.6.7.6.6
Source: Schöne christenlichen catholisch weihnächt-oder kindtlessweigen Gesäng (1590)

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