Once, as I remember (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2012-03-25)   CPDL #25124:  Network.png
Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2011-12-08).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 68 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: harm. Charles Wood
  • CPDL #15667:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Robert Nottingham (submitted 2007-12-15).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 31 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: harm. Charles Wood. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Once, as I remember
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: Charles Wood
Lyricist: George Ratcliffe Woodward

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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Once, as I remember,
   At the time of Yule,
After mid December,
   When it bloweth cool,
I o'erheard a Mother
   Was a-singing, 'Sweet Jesu,
      La-lullay-lu, La-lullay-lu.'

Near as man was able,
   On my knee fell I,
in the Bethlem stable
   Where the Babe did lie,
And the Virgin-mother
   Was a-singing, 'Sweet Jesu,
      La-lullay-lu, La-lullay-lu.'

Herdmen from the prairie
   Came and piped for glee
For the Babe and Mary:
   King of Glory he.
Then the Virgin Mother
   Fell a-singing, 'Sweet Jesu,
      La-lullay-lu, La-lullay-lu.'

Ox and ass around him,
   Courtier-like, did stand:
Fair white linen bound him,
   Spun by Mary's hand.
While the Virgin-mother
   Was a-singing, 'Sweet Jesu,
      La-lullay-lu, La-lullay-lu.'

To this Lord, contented
   To endure the cold,
Easterlings presented
   Incense, myrrh and gold:
Then the Virgin-mother
   Fell a-singing, 'Sweet Jesu,
      La-lullay-lu, La-lullay-lu.'

Ever among and o'er us
   Angel-quire gan sing
Antiphons in chorus
   To the new-born King.
Then the Virgin-mother
   Fell a-singing, 'Sweet Jesu,