Holy Innocents

"Holy Innocents" is the fifth song of Simon Sargon's song cycle Bitter For Sweet, which sets six poems of Christina Rossetti.

Sheet music for Mr. Sargon's songs is available directly through the composer by contacting the following address: [email protected].

The audio selection provided features Eric Halfvarson, bass, and Simon Sargon, piano. Used with the permission of the composer.

Date: 1982Composer: Simon SargonText: Christina RossettiSong Collection: Bitter for Sweet

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Holy Innocents
by Christina Rossetti

Sleep, little Baby, sleep,
The holy Angels love thee,
And guard thy bed and keep
A blessed watch above thee.
No spirit can come near
Nor evil beast to harm thee;
Sleep, Sweet, devoid of fear
Where nothing need alarm thee.

The Love Which doth not sleep,
The eternal Arms surround thee;
The Shepherd of the sheep
In perfect love hath found thee.
Sleep thro’ the holy night
Christ-kept from snare and sorrow
Until thou wake to light
And love and warmth tomorrow.

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