Cradle Hymn

A Christmas lullaby with imagery of Mary and her infant. 

Written for the Nidaros Cathedral Girl's Choir and conductor Anita Brevik in 2010 and was later arranged for SATB and TTBB chorus. Perform it with piano and optional strings quartet.


  • Instrumentation: SATB, SSAA, or TTBB & piano (opt. strings)
  • Duration: 5 minutes
  • Author/lyricist: Isaac Watts
  • Language: English
  • Year: 2010
  • Licensing: Santa Barbara Music Publishing


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Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber;

Holy angels guard thy bed;

Heavenly blessings without number

Gently falling on thy head.


See the kindly shepherds round him,

Telling wonders from the sky!

When they sought Him, there they found Him, 

With his Virgin-Mother by.


See the lovely babe a-dressing;

Lovely infant, how He smiled!

When He wept, the mother's blessing

Soothed and hushed the holy child.


Mayst thou live to know and fear Him,

Trust and love Him all thy days;

Then go dwell forever near Him,

See His face, and sing His praise!

Isaac Watts