back of the napkin #77

cradle hymn (tuneful tuesday #12)

I know, I know. It's not Christmas. But this tune based on a hymn by Issac Watts reminds me of the blessing of my Savior - and with all the little children being born by relatives and friends, I thought it was a nice reminder...

Cradle Hymn by Kim André Arnesen performed by Nidarosdomens jentekor (Nidaros Cathedral Girls´ Choir) and conductor Anita Brevik.

The words to the hymn by Issac Watts:

HUSH, my dear; lie still and slumber
  Holy angels guard thy bed;
Heavenly blessings, without number,
  Gently falling on thy head.

Sleep, my babe! Thy food and raiment,
  House and home, thy friends provide,
All without thy care or payment;
  All thy wants are well supplied.

How much better thou'rt attended
  Than the Son of God could be,
When from heaven he descended,
  And became a child like thee!

Soft and easy is thy cradle;
  Coarse and hard thy Savior lay,
When his birthplace was a stable,
  And his softest bed was hay.

Blessed Babe! what glorious features.
  Spotless, fair, divinely bright! p. 22
Must he dwell with brutal creatures?
  How could angels bear the sight?

Was there nothing but a manger
  Cursed sinners could afford
To receive the heavenly Stranger?
  Did they thus affront the Lord?

Soft, my child! I did not chide thee,
  Though my song may sound too hard
'Tis thy mother sits beside thee,
  And her arms shall be thy guard.

Yet to read the shameful story,
  How the Jews abused their King,
How they served the Lord of glory,
  Makes me angry while I sing.

See the kinder shepherds round him,
  Telling wonders from the sky;
There they sought him, there they found him,
  With his virgin mother by.

See the lovely Babe a-dressing--
  Lovely Infant! how he smiled!
When he wept, his mother's blessing
  Soothed and hushed the holy Child.

Lo! he slumbers in a manger,
  Where the horned oxen fed
Peace, my darling! here's no danger
  Here's no oxen near thy bed.

'Twas to save thee, child, from dying,
  Save my dear from burning flame,
Bitter groans and endless crying,
  That thy blest Redeemer came.

May'st thou live to know and fear him,
  Trust and love him, all thy days;
Then go dwell forever near him,
  See his face, and sing his praise.

I could give thee thousand kisses,
  Hoping what I most desire;
Not a mother's fondest wishes
  Can to greater joy aspire.


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