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DORMI, JESU

Also called the Virgin's Cradle Hymn, "Dormi, Jesu" is a meditative piece inspired by choral music from Eastern Europe. Sing at Christmas or any time of the year.

Commissioned by A Cappellissimo and conductor Grete Daling, Trondheim, Norway, and was premiered in December, 2012.

 

THE TEXT

Dormi Jesu! Mater ridet

Quae tam dulcem somnum videt,

Dormi, Jesu! Blandule.

 

Si non dormis, Mater plorat,

Inter fila cantans orat,

Blande veni, somnule.

 

English translation:

Sleep, Jesus! Mother smile

Who sees such sweet sleep,

Sleep, Jesus, gentling.

 

If you sleep not, Mother weeps

While she spins, in song she prays,

Come, gentle little sleep.

SEE ALSO

 

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