Dormi Jesu

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Latin.png Latin text

Dormi, Jesu! Mater ridet
Quae tam dulcem somnum videt,
Dormi, Jesu! blandule!
Si non dormis, Mater plorat,
Inter fila cantans orat,
Blande, veni, somnule.
 

English.png English translation

Sleep, Jesus! Mother smiles
Who sees such sweet sleep,
Sleep, Jesus, gentling!
If you sleep not, Mother weeps,
While she spins, in song she prays,
Come, gentle little sleep.

Paraphrase by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Sleep, sweet babe! my cares beguiling:
Mother sits beside thee smiling;
Sleep, my darling, tenderly!
If thou sleep not, mother mourneth,
Singing as her wheel she turneth:
Come, soft slumber, balmily!
 

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