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When Mary Sang Her Lullaby

About the Song

I love the beautiful symbolism in these familiar lines…

Raise, raise the song on high / The virgin sings her lullaby

…in which the image of Mary singing a lullaby represents the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. Did Mary really sing to the Christ Child? Well, we don’t know, though being a mother myself, I rather assume she did. But the lullaby is a symbol for something greater. Likewise, in my 1999 Christmas card carol I have attempted to use Mary’s lullaby as a symbol for the coming of Christ as the Babe of Bethlehem, who would indeed “comfort all the world.”

If you prefer, the solo may be accompanied using the SSA score.

Lyrics

Darkness fell o’er Bethlehem at last
And hastened weary travelers to their rest
The empty streets all silent,
All silent was the night
All silent ‘neath the star of stars aglow with heaven’s light

Then Mary sang her lullaby of love
And cradled in her arms the Holy Child
In that poor and lowly place
Hallowed by his grace
’twas a lullaby to comfort all the world

Darkness fell o’er shepherds in the fields
Till heaven’s joyful tidings were revealed
The angels’ song of glory
Re-echoed o’er the plains
While in a stable, soft and low, a sweeter song remained

For Mary sang her lullaby of love
And cradled in her arms the Holy Child
In that poor and lowly place
Hallowed by his grace
’twas a lullaby to comfort all the world

When darkness falls and night besets my soul
Her gentle song still sings of brighter hope
Above the voice of sorrow
Beyond all bitter tears
Echoes of that lullaby linger through the years

When Mary sang her lullaby of love
And cradled in her arms the Holy Child
In that poor and lowly place
Hallowed by his grace
’twas a lullaby to comfort all the world

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7 Comments

  1. Kayla Barrett

    Dear Sally,
    This is such a pretty piece! I will be singing it in church in a couple weeks! Thank you for sharing your music freely with everyone! You are amazing!
    Sending love from Utah

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  2. Kuveni Wijeratne

    Hi Sally

    I love your music and songs.

    I am trying to purchase an accompaniment track for your song ” When Mary sang her lullaby”. We wish to sing it at our Carol Service. Our problem is accompanists who can read music! So, tracks are very helpful.
    I am writing to you from a Baptist Church Sri Lanka.
    Thanks you
    God bless
    Kuveni

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  3. Amanda

    Dear Sally,

    Thank you so much for sharing your talents with the world. I’ve been a fan of your music (and lyrics: wow!) for years and have regularly visited your site to find another gem to sing, listen to or rehearse with a choir. Last year I was asked to find something for the RS sisters to sing during our branch Christmas program. No small feat, especially since I didn’t have a pianist and the sisters are enthusiastic but not used to singing parts. But fortunately this very sweet song came to the rescue! 😉 The sisters loved it (and it’s low voice setting), sang it beautifully and are looking forward to singing again with Easter this year (which, ofcourse is a great excuse to dig around this site again!). So thank you thank you thank you for being wonderful and fantastic! 🙂 Have a great year, personally and musically. I’m looking forward to hear your new songs!

    On behalf of the RS sisters in Emmen branch, Netherlands,
    Amanda

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  4. Yvonne Beunders

    Hallo Sally,

    We sang this beautiful song of you today at christmas: When mary sang her lullaby.
    We (Jasmijn Kuipers, Nelleke Kuipers, Yvonne Beunders and pianist Jos Beunders) wanted to share it with you.
    Thank you for the song and merry christmas!

    Kind regards from the Netherlands.

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  5. Nathan Northrup

    Hello Sally, I’m sure you are used to having your music performed around the world, but I wanted to let you know that our professional opera chorus here in Wuppertal, Germany, just sang “When Mary Sang Her Lullaby” in our Christmas concert. This was the first Christmas concert we’ve had in my 11 years here, and we performed it first at the Opera House last week, then again today for a Catholic charity. The ladies sang beautifully, and I wish I had a recording to share with you. (I was anxious to let them know – “She’s from my church!” Our director came across this site after googling Christmas music for choirs.) Anyway, thank you for sharing your talents, and for making the music available.
    Merry Christmas!

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  6. Kaye DuShane

    Thank you for sharing your compositional talents so freely. I’m sure you will receive eternal blessings for your generous gifts.

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  7. medyo bastos

    thank you for providing the wonderful pieces, accompaniment and the voice. I am helping our choir and tomorrow we will be singing this for then Mary Mother of G od celebrations. I will be listening to this the whole day so I can help out. again, thanks for the big assist, and may you not tire doing so. Happy new year!!!

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