Warning: you might not get through it dry-eyed

I posted this under my Childermas entry, but it deserves attention on its own.

Here is a reworking of Lully Lulla Lullay by Philip Stopford.  It’s about the Holy Innocents.

Warning: you might not get through it dry-eyed, especially when the descant comes in at about 3:30.

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay.

O sisters too, How may we do
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling,
For whom we do sing,
By by, lully lullay?

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay.

Herod, the King, In his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might,
In his own sight,
All young children to slay.

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully lullay.

That woe is me, Poor child for thee!
And ever morn and day,
For thy parting
Nor say nor sing
By by, lully lullay!

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4 Responses to Warning: you might not get through it dry-eyed

  1. jaykay says:

    Thank you again for that, Father. I have to say, despite many years in choral music in Ireland, I hadn’t come across Ecclesium. So I Googled, as one does, and found that they were drawn from the choir of Belfast (Anglican) Cathedral, where that performance was held, but were disbanded in 2010 when the Cathedral Board decided to… disband them, apparently. What a shame. What great voices. The Anglican Church in Ireland is pretty “low”, but they have some great choirs in the Cathedrals, and that makes it all the more astounding.

    On another note, Northern Ireland, with a very large evangelical population, still has pretty much the same anti-abortion law as we have in the Republic. And seem determined to keep it, thank God. Which it seems the “catholic” (small “c” intentional) republic (small “r” intentional) is falling over itself to jettison. Well, we’ll see. Herod the King in his raging is ranging far and wide over here. But it seems from history that he went to his Judgement quite soon after the Slaughter.

    Just, as they say, sayin’

  2. emj says:

    It is indeed very beautiful but it was the Crusaders for Life in the Springfield capitol- 2017 that made me cry.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dCfD_GwZJc

  3. Spinmamma says:

    Lovely indeed. And as noted, this song has been appropriately associated with our modern day slaughter of innocents called abortion. I can never get through it dry-eyed in that context, especially the last verse (as I learned it as a child)
    Then woe is me, poor child, for thee,
    and ever moan and may
    For they parting neither say nor sing.
    By by luly, lulay.

    So many little tiny children for whose parting nothing is mourned, nothing said.

  4. Felipe says:

    Thank you for sharing this video. It was very beautiful. It is very inspiring seeing so many young people in the videos