Lullay My Liking
(Vocal Score)


  • Duration: 3 minutes
  • Chorus: unaccompanied Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass

Written for The Porteous Brothers, this carol is based on the 15th century text depicting the Nativity with a lullaby sung by the Virgin Mary to the baby Jesus.


The original 15th century English text has been slightly shortened and adapted to provide the basis for this simple but atmospheric carol.  The Virgin Mary sings the Infant Jesus to sleep, conveying the love and devotion of a new mother, and the choir echoes her words in the form of a tender lullaby.

Written for The Porteous Brothers, Christmas 2021.

I saw a maiden
sitten and sing:
She lulled a child,
A sweete Lording.

   Lullay my liking,
   my dear Son, my Sweeting;
   Lullay my dear Heart,
   mine own dear Darling.

Eternal Lord is He
That made alle thing;
Of Lordes He is Lord,
Of every King He’s King.

   Lullay my liking . . .

Angels sang that night
And saiden to that Child
“Blest be Thou and she
That is so meek and mild.”

   Lullay my liking . . .

Pray we now to that child,
As to His mother dear,
God grant His blessing now
To all maken good cheer.

   Lullay my liking . . .

Words: adapted from Lullay My Liking, trad. 15th Century.

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