Sleep, Holy Child, on Mary's gentle breast


Sleep, Holy Child, on Mary's gentle breast;
In comfort now to take Thine infant rest.

Sleep, Shepherd King, by lowly shepherds praised;
The humble hearts to highest heav'n are raised.

Sleep, Word of Life, made flesh to live as man;
Now brought to us by Heaven's eternal plan.

Sleep, great High Priest, come down from Heaven on high;
As sacrifice to suffer and to die.

Sleep, Prince of Peace, now born to mortal strife;
Through conflict, death, to give immortal life.

Sleep, King of Kings, in human weakness now;
Then triumph over death and every foe.

Sleep, Mighty God, your glory now is veiled;
That we might see that glory unconcealed.

Sleep, Jesus child, on Mary's gentle breast;
Thy coming brings us to our heavenly rest.


Words: © Robert J. Higginson, 2000

Music: Song 46 (Drop, drop, slow tears)

Meter: 10 10

Enquiries to: R J Higginson, 172, Poplar Avenue, BIRMINGHAM, B17 8EP. UNITED KINGDOM. May be freely used in church services covered by the Christian Copyright License scheme. (That is, the procedures and limitations of the CCL, not necessarily CCL subscribers.) For other (commercial) uses please contact Mr. Higginson.

The tempo is set here to 54 beats per minute as requested by the author.

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