Lament and Lullaby

Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. It’s also the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 22, 1973.

The Coventry Carol is both lullaby and lament, sung by the women of Bethlehem to their children before an enraged Herod had their babies slain. It was written in the sixteenth century for The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors in Coventry, England. This pageant told the story of the birth of Jesus, beginning with the Annunciation and ending with the killing of the little boys of Bethlehem.1

“Lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
By, by, lully, lullay.
Lullay, Thou little tiny Child.
By, by, lully, lullay.

O sisters, too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day;
This poor Youngling for whom we sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day;
His men of might, in his own sight,
All children young, to slay.

Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee,
And ever mourn and say;
For Thy parting, nor say nor sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.”

Tomorrow is the 39th annual March for Life. Remember those little ones—55,000,000— who have lost their lives. Pray for their mothers, their fathers and ask God to have mercy on us and grant our nation repentance.

1Coventry Carol: The Hymns and Carols of Christmas.
Video by Lutevoice: Valeria Mignaco & Alfonso Marin, soprano-lute duo.
Statistic from Jill Stanek.

Original content: Copyright ©2012 Iwana Carpenter

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s