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The Coventry Carol

Composer
Robert Croo
Lyricist
Robert Croo
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
6 minutes
Genre
World music
Instrumentation
Choir

Coventry Carol The words and lyrics of the' Coventry Carol' were written by Robert Croo in 1534 for the traditional Coventry religious �Mystery� Plays in England, and included in the Pageant of the Shearman and Tailors Guild which depicted Herod's slaughter of the innocents. The composer of the music is unknown

1. Lullay, Thou little tiny Child, By, by, lully, lullay. Lullay, Thou little tiny Child. By, by, lully, lullay.

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

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

4. 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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