Dormi, Jesu

SATB

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.

DETAILS:

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

 

  

THE TEXT

​Dormi Jesu! Mater ridet

Quae tam dulcem somnum videt,

Dormi, Jesu! Blandule.

 

Si non dormis, Mater plorat,

Inter fila cantans orat,

Blande veni, somnule.

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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.

  

 

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