New Piece: Dormi Jesu

In the business associated with these last few weeks I’ve neglected to mention the new piece I’ve finished writing for Cantorum. It’s a new setting of “Dormi Jesu” (Often called “The Virgin’s Cradle Hymn”) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It’s a simple, sweet, little setting of a lullaby for the infant Christ. I was supposed to write a setting of “Vox Clara Ecce Intonant,” but that just didn’t work out. I had to go for a simpler text. I think this fits the bill beautifully. I can’t wait to hear Cantorum perform this!

Dormi, Jesu! Mater ridet
Quae tam dulcem somnum videt,
Dormi, Jesu! blandule!
Sleep, sweet babe! my cares beguiling:
Mother sits beside thee smiling;
Sleep, my darling, tenderly!
Si non-dormis, Mater plorat,
Inter fila cantans orat,
Blande, veni, somnule.
If thou sleep not, mother mourneth,
Singing as her wheel she turneth:
Come, soft slumber, balmily!

Dormi Jesu


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