Lullaby to the Christ child
performance time approx 3m 30s
Range S: d' – d'' / A: c' – a' / B: e – d'
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Here is a beautiful traditional Gaelic lullaby from the West of Scotland, which addresses the Christ child with the most gorgeous and endearing words. It works with ensembles of any size, and provides a wonderful moment of stillness in a Christmas programme. It's unusual, but particularly effective, to sing “Alleluia” softly for a change!
We provide scores with the traditional Gaelic words and with our own English version.
The recording is by Rudsambee Company of Singers from the album Dies natalis invicti solis
Canasg also offers quite different settings with English words, for SATB voices with flute and harp or piano
and for children's unison voices
Spoken audio and IPA pronunciation guides, and translation, included.
Mo ghaol, mo ghràdh is m'eudail thu,
M'iunntas ùr is m'éibhneas thu,
Mo mhacan àlainn ceutach thu,
Chan fhiù mi-fhéin bhith 'd dhàil.Alleluia
Mo ghaol an t-sùil a sheallas tlàth,
Mo ghaol an cridh' tha liont' le gràdh;
Ged is leanabh thu gun chàil
Is lionmhor buaidh tha ort a' fàs.Alleluia
traditional Gaelic song Translation
My darling, my love and treasure, you,
My new-found wealth and ecstasy, you,
My gorgeous handsome wee son, you,
I am unworthy to be in your presence.
My love the eye that gently sees,
My love the heart that's filled with affection.
Although you are a helpless child
Many virtues are growing in you.English lyrics
My darling love and treasure, you,
My wealth and joy, my pleasure, you,
My gorgeous handsome baby, you,
I humbly kneel and bow.Alleluia
I love your eyes that gently see,
I love your sweet humility,
In hope and love and charity,
You show us how to be.Alleluia
© Sheena Phillips & Peter Hill 2007
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