This Endris Night
Beverly Lewis

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1.  This endris night I saw a sight,

A star as bright as day;

And e’er among, A maiden sung.

‘Lullay, by, by, lullay.’

2. (Mother)

‘My son, my child, dear,

Why liest thou thus in hay?

But ne’ertheless I will not cease

To sing, by, by, lullay.’

3. (Son)

‘For angels bright to me do light:

Thou knowest ‘tis no nay:

And for that sight thou may’st delight

To sing, by, by, lullay.’

4. (Mother)

‘Now tell, sweet son, I thee do pray,

Thou art my love and dear –

How should I keep thee to thy pay,

And make thee glad of cheer?’

5. (Son)

‘Dear mother, when time it be,

Take thou me up on loft,

And if I weep, and may not sleep,

Thou sing, by, by, lullay.’

6. (Mother)

‘Sweet son, since it is come so,

That all is at thy will,

To bliss thou bring – and I shall sing,

Lullay, by, by, lullay.’

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