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Little Jesus, sweetly sleep, do not stir; We will lend a coat of fur; We will rock you, rock you, rock you, We will rock you, rock you, rock you, See the fur to keep you warm, Snugly round your tiny form.
Mary’s little baby sleep, sweetly sleep, Sleep in comfort, slumber deep; We will rock you, rock you, rock you, We will rock you, rock you, rock you; We will serve you all we can, Darling, darling little man.
Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)
This delightful carol was translated from the Czech by Percy Dearmer for the 1931 Edition of Songs of Praise, to be included in a section of carols for young children. It is in the tradition of the many lullaby carols, and the carols that picture us as bringing gifts from our own background into the entirely different one into which Jesus was born. The tune was the one generally sung in Czechoslovakia at the time when it was written down by Miss Jakubicuva, a school teacher in Policka in the hills between Bohemia and Moravia.
Unlike many of the elaborate choir arrangements of simple carols, this setting by David Willcocks does nothing to detract from this utterly childlike piece.