Sweet was the song (Anonymous)

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Editor: Sabine Cassola (added 2006-08-21).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 94 kbytes   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: text underlay voice 2-5 by SMC

General Information

Title: Sweet was the song
Composer: Anonymous Arranger: Sabine Cassola

Number of voices: 1v or 5vv Voicing: Soprano solo or SATTB/SAATB
Genre: Sacred, Partsongs
Language: English
Instruments: 4 viols (optional)

Description: A note by Robert Nottingham:

This arrangement seems to be able to be performed in one of two ways. Either as a soprano solo with 4 viols as accompaniment or as a 5 part song. If it is performed in the second way, the voicing could be either SATTB or SAATB. It seems that the arranger intended for the scoring to be SATTB because the third line down has a treble clef down the octave rather than being notated simply as a treble clef like the second line down. However, it is consistently high in the tenor register so having a scoring of SAATB seems preferable to me.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Sweet was the song the Virgin sang,
When she to Bethlem Juda came
And was delivered of a son,
That blessed Jesus hath to name:
Lulla, lulla, lulla, lullaby,
Lulla, lulla, lulla, lullaby.
"Sweet babe," sang she, "my son, And Eke a Saviour born,
Who hast vouchsafed from on high
To visit us that were forlorn:
Lalula, lalula, lalulaby, Sweet babe", sang she
And rocked him sweetly on her knee.

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