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Sweet was the song the virgin sang 'Lute-book lullaby'

from the collections of William Ballet
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This was originally a solo song with lute accompaniment—one of a whole collection of them compiled in the early seventeenth century by the lutenist William Ballet, hence the title. Lullabies for the Christ child had become a popular form since the appearance of an especially lovely example by Byrd in 1588. The choral transcription by Geoffrey Shaw was made in the 1920s for The Oxford Book of Carols.

from notes by Collegium Records © 1987


An Elizabethan Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD680Download only NEWStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Christmas Carols with The King's Singers
Studio Master: SIGCD683Download only NEWStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Christmas Night
CSCD526Download only


Track 14 on SIGCD680 [2'10] Download only NEW
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