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William Byrd, Be Still, my Blessed Babe


This fifteenth-century carol about the Holy Innocents was arranged by William Byrd as a five-part anthem in his Psalms, Sonets & Songs (1588). The original, "Lullaby, my Sweet Little Baby," is much longer and falls into three distinct sections, of which this is the second. These comprise a lullaby with no particular religious content, the present movement concerning the Holy Innocents and addressed to the Christchild, and a dirge, again with no particular religious content.

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"Lullaby," by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905). Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
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