Advent Calendar Day 19 – I Saw a Swete Semly Syght (Trad.)

Today’s carol is chosen simply because of its lullaby-like refrain. I was up until 2:30am last night (this morning) finishing confectionery, and I’m so tired that lullabys are very appealing right now…

This carol is medieval both in melody (all those open 5ths!) and lyrics, and is another one that doesn’t really bear much relationship to anything in the Bible, but is rather imagining Mary lulling baby Jesus to sleep. It’s a very gentle piece of music, and it certainly speaks to me tonight…

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