Editor: James Gibb (submitted . 2009-12-15) Score information: A4, 4 pages, 67 kB Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: This is a four-part arrangement of the original version for a solo voice. Includes a a cappella keyboard reduction of the choral score. It was first sung publicly by Ampthill Choral Society, UK on 14th December 2009 a cappella Arranger: James Gibb
General Information Title: The Five Lesser Joys of Mary
Composer: Peter Warlock
Lyricist: Daniel Laurence Kelleher
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Carol
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1929
Original text and translations
When Mary lay fretting that night in the cold 1
For Jesus, the young Lad, and Joseph, the old,
The ass and the oxen drew near for to warm
The young Lad and old man to keep them from harm.
When Mary lay thinking that night in the hay 2
What little thing she would give Jesus for play,
His Father in heaven hung out for a toy
The star, and young Jesus He carolled for joy.
When Mary was sad for the Babe at her breast, 3
To see the poor clouts in which he was dressed.
Then the three Kings in velvet came in to adore
The poor ragged Infant and knelt on the floor.
When Mary was sick in her heart with the fright 4
On the morning that Jesus strayed out of her sight,
O glory! she found him, so meek and so mild,
Confounding the doctors, the poor little Child.
When Mary, heartbroken, on Calvary's hill, 5
Saw Jesus droop over and lie very still,
She thought of the good times they had long ago
When he'd droop in her arms and she'd sing husheenlo.