Coventry carol


Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By, by, lully, lullay.

O sisters too,
How may we do
For to preserve this day?
This poor youngling
For whom we do sing,
By, by, 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 morn and day,
For thy parting
Neither say nor sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

from the Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors, Coventry

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