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Mark Schweizer Coventry Carol

Percussion, Unaccompanied [a cappella]
Moderately Easy
Suggested Uses(s)

SAB a cappella.  A hauntingly beautiful and stark harmonization of the medieval carol commemorating the Massacre of the Innocents. Optional bass drum (or timpani) adds a menacing martial cadence that underscores the horror of the whole episode. This is a piece your congregation won't soon forget.

Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

O sisters too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling for whom we do sing
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

Herod, the king, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might, in his own sight,
All young children to slay.

That woe is me, poor Child for Thee!
And ever mourn and say,
For thy parting neither say nor sing,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.


Mark Schweizer
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
Toll Free 877.822.0304


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