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Sleep, Holy Child

Composer Thomas Pavlechko
Text Name
Voicing
SATB, organ
Topics Christmas
Length
2' 20" Price $1.50 (U.S.) Released 7/99
Catalog no. 405-274 Difficulty Moderately easy

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Description
A tender Christmas lullaby with a Ruth Duck text which, while both acknowledging and foreshadowing the evil which was to pursue Jesus throughout his earthly life, still affirms God's ultimate triumph through Christ. The addition of an independent second soprano part on the work's final page adds extra richness to the work's already warm sonorities.

Anthem text
Sleep, holy child,
now hid away from human heartbreak, hate and strife.
What will you know of peaceful days
when even now they stalk your life?

Rest, Lamb of God,
for comes the day when earth will judge you, strike you, scorn.

Sleep soundly now
as Mary smiles and holds you in her arms new born.

Shine fragile life
this starry night, in sleep, unknowing, sigh, and nod,
for none on earth can overcome
the light in you that comes from God.

--Ruth Duck
Text © G.I.A. Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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