Dormi, Jesu


Also called the Virgin's Cradle Hymn, "Dormi, Jesu" is a meditative piece inspired by choral music from Eastern Europe. Sing at Christmas or any time of the year.

Commissioned by A Cappellissimo and conductor Grete Daling, Trondheim, Norway, and was premiered in December 2012.


  • Instrumentation: SATB div. unaccompanied
  • Duration: 5 minutes
  • Author/lyricist: Unknown origin
  • Language: Latin
  • Year: 2012
  • Licensing: Norsk Musikkforlag




​Dormi Jesu! Mater ridet

Quae tam dulcem somnum videt,

Dormi, Jesu! Blandule.


Si non dormis, Mater plorat,

Inter fila cantans orat,

Blande veni, somnule.


English translation:

Sleep, Jesus! Mother smile

Who sees such sweet sleep,

Sleep, Jesus, gentling.


If you sleep not, Mother weeps

While she spins, in song she prays,

Come, gentle little sleep.