Dormi Jesu

$1.50 Sale Save
Dormi Jesu

Dormi Jesu

$1.50 Sale Save

Item is in stock Only 0 left in stock Item is out of stock Item is unavailable

If you are purchasing for multiple performers, please enter the number of copies you will be making of this piece, as only one download will be available per item purchased.

A gentle Christmas carol that alternates between the famous poem by Cecil Alexander, "Once in royal David's city," and a medieval Latin lyric, "Dormi, Jesu."

1. Once in royal David’s city
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her baby
In a manger for his bed.

Dormi, Jesu, mater ridet,
Quae tam dulcem somnum videt,
Dormi, Jesu, blandule.
[Sleep, Jesus, your mother smiles
Who sees such a sweet sleep,
Sleep, Jesus, charming little one.]

2. He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall.

Si non dormis mater plorat,
Inter fila cantans orat:
Blande veni somnule.
[If you do not sleep, your mother cries,
And, singing, prays as she weaves:
“Come, pleasant little sleep.”]

English: Cecil F. Alexander (1848)
Latin: Anon. 13th century