The Christ Child's lullaby (with flute & harp/piano)

Music: Trad. Scottish arr. Steve Sandberg. Words: Kenna Campbell
SATB, flute, piano or harp
performance time approx 3m 30s
Range S: d' – f'' / #A: a – c'' / #T: e – d'# / B: A – b (with optional low E)
Price code: D
Complexity: **

See a perusal copy of the music.
Hear a performance
Steve Sandberg has created a beautiful concert arrangement of the Gaelic Christmas song Tàladh Chrìosda (literally “Christ’s Lullaby”), based on a charming translation into English — written for the Scottish singer Sheena Wellington — by Kenna Campbell. Sandberg makes skillful use of changes in vocal texture and harmony to build the piece from quiet beginning to fervent alleluia — and back again to joyful peace.

The original Gaelic song was written by Father Ronald Rankin, a Catholic priest in Moidart, as a memento for the children of his parish when he left for Australia in the mid-19th century. The song became more widely known after being arranged for voice and piano by the folk-song collector Marjory Kennedy Fraser and published by Boosey & Hawkes in the anthology Songs of the Hebrides (1909). The lovely traditional tune used here (and by Kennedy Fraser) is different from the one originally associated with Rankin’s verses. The demo recording was directed by Steve Sandberg, with solo by Susan Ramlet.

Canasg also offers quite different settings for unison children with handbells and, in Gaelic or English, for SAB a cappella.


My love, my treasured one are you,
My sweet and lovely son are you,
You are my love, my darling new,
Unworthy I of you.


Your mild and gentle eyes proclaim
The loving heart with which you came,
A tender, helpless tiny babe,
With boundless gifts of grace.

Lyrics © Kenna Campbell (translated from the Gaelic hymn by Ronald Rankin) and used with permission

Purchase – 4083: The Christ Child's lullaby (with flute & harp/piano)

Before you click the "buy" button, please enter the name of your group and select the appropriate size.
Name of group
Size of group
The price depends on the number of singers in your group. This is a single payment for a licence to make as many copies as you need for your group to rehearse and perform the song. You can also re-print - for instance, to replace copies that get lost or worn out.

Copies must not be given, lent, hired or sold to any other group.

Orders are normally despatched within 24 hours - not instantly, because each PDF file is created specially for the purchaser.

Canasg sales are processed via Paypal. Paypal lets you pay with a simple credit or debit card if you don't have a Paypal account. Your Paypal transaction will be in sterling and it will be converted automatically if your credit card draws on a different currency. Paypal passes none of your secure information to Canasg.

If you would like us to send an invoice before you pay, or if you would like your order priced in $US or Euros, then please e-mail your order to us instead of using the form above.

Canasg sells sheet music for choirs …

… in PDF format, delivered by e-mail, with a licence to print as many copies, and as often, as you like. The copies are for the exclusive use of one ensemble, and the licence doesn't let you give, lend, hire or sell them to anybody else. Please read the detail before you buy.

Copying permitted (terms and conditions apply!)

When you buy from us, you can make as many copies as you need of the music, and as often as you need - so you can replace lost or worn copies.

Free perusal copies

You can download a sample PDF from this site, and make a printed copy for your own use. It will be overprinted “sample”. It isn't licensed for rehearsal or performance.

Modest prices

We do not charge a price per copy. You pay according to the size of your group.

Keep in touch

You can bookmark this page to help you find it again. For new releases, seasonal suggestions, and other news, we invite you to opt in to our occasional mailing list. Opting out is easy, whenever you want to.

Keep me posted:

Email Marketing by VerticalResponse

"Liking" Canasg on Facebook is another way to get updates.

You can e-mail us via the link at the foot of this page. We're always interested in your suggestions and your experience with using this web site.

Canasg Choral Music Publishing Canasg Music
publishing refreshingly original choral music

16 Morningside Park,
Edinburgh EH10 5HB, Scotland
Contact us