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Lyr Req: The Virgin's Slumber Song (Francis Carlin

GUEST,Melanthe Alexian (parakeet@netbird.com) 29 Nov 00 - 02:12 PM
GUEST,a fellow Europe lover 29 Nov 00 - 07:05 PM
Wavestar 29 Nov 00 - 09:06 PM
Mrrzy 30 Nov 00 - 09:39 AM
GUEST,JTT 30 Nov 00 - 06:14 PM
SharonA 04 Dec 01 - 03:24 PM
Robby 05 Dec 01 - 01:42 PM
GUEST 04 Sep 10 - 04:13 AM
GUEST 03 Nov 10 - 01:08 PM
GUEST,Rick Cameron 26 Apr 13 - 06:59 PM
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Subject: Irish Christmas Lullaby - name? lyrics?
From: GUEST,Melanthe Alexian (parakeet@netbird.com)
Date: 29 Nov 00 - 02:12 PM

Thirty years ago I heard an amazing Irish carol sung by a young women's choir. The solo lyric depicts Mary singing to the infant Jesus. I have only partial lyrics and have no idea what the name of the song is. It was described to me as dating from the mediaeval days when the Irish were saving civilisation. The tune has a flavour of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"... slow, Judaic and full of restrained emotion.

Shoon-a-shoon, I sing no psalm, little man, although I am out of David's house and clan...

Hush-a-hoo, whirring of wings... Hush-a-hoo, stirring of strings..

though in slumber deep, his ears can hear my song of sleep.

If you could put me onto the right track I would appreciate it. This song has been driving me nuts for years.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish Christmas Lullaby - name? lyri
From: GUEST,a fellow Europe lover
Date: 29 Nov 00 - 07:05 PM

I don't know this song but try searching for Irish Christmas Lyrics on Lycos or Yahoo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish Christmas Lullaby - name? lyri
From: Wavestar
Date: 29 Nov 00 - 09:06 PM

Mmm... I've looked about but haven't found it... will keep looking for the next few days.

-J


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish Christmas Lullaby - name? lyri
From: Mrrzy
Date: 30 Nov 00 - 09:39 AM

Sounds great, can hardly wait to hear the rest of it!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish Christmas Lullaby - name? lyri
From: GUEST,JTT
Date: 30 Nov 00 - 06:14 PM

It wouldn't be seothin, seotheo, I suppose? Sometimes expressed in English as Shuheen, Shuhoh? I've never heard of a version in English, but maybe there is one.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Irish Christmas Lullaby - name? lyri
From: SharonA
Date: 04 Dec 01 - 03:24 PM

refresh again! Maybe one of the newer 'Catters knows this?


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Subject: Lyr Add: SEOTIN SEO
From: Robby
Date: 05 Dec 01 - 01:42 PM

I don't know if this helps, but there is an English version of Seotin Seo (shoheen sho). It is on a multi-LP collection I have which includes recordings by the Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem and their families. I can't remember if Peg Powers or one of the other women may be the particular artist for the song, but her Enlgish version is:

SEOTIN SEO
(Shoheen Sho)

Oh, who is this a-lying here
So gently at the door of my heart?
To and fro like clouds at night,
I'll softly rock your cradle.

Shoheen Sho Ho. Lu-lay-low-lu.

The yellow moon rides in the sky,
Dreaming falling over the earth.
Hush, Allana, hush, be still,
The world is silently sleeping.

Shoheen Sho Ho. Lu-lay-low-lu.

That is the extent of the song on the LP that I have. The rhythm of some of the lyrics originally posted by Melanth Alexian appear to suggest the melody also used for Seotin Seo, but I have no way of verifying this. Maybe somebody else might, with these English words and the original posting, come up with a better answer.

Robby


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE VIRGIN'S SLUMBER SONG (Francis Carlin
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Sep 10 - 04:13 AM

That's beautiful, Robby, but that's not it.

I found the lyrics in a book called "New Voices" from 1919. It was originally a poem written by Francis Carlin. It was called "The Virgin's Slumber Song" but is not the well known "Maria Wiegenlied" that goes by that name.

These are the words. I've arranged them a bit differently to go with the melody I remember:

THE VIRGIN'S SLUMBER SONG
Francis Carlin

Shoon-a-shoon, I sing no psalm,
Little man, although I am
Out of David's house and clan.
Shoon-a-shoon, I sing no psalm.

(Hush-a-hoo, blowing of pine;
Hush-a-hoo, lowing of kine:
Hush-a-hoo, though even in sleep,
His ear can hear the shamrock's creep.)

Moons and moons and suns galore
Match their gold on slumber's shore
With your glittering eyes that hold
Moons and moons and suns galore.

(Hush-a-hoo, oceans of earth;
Hush-a-hoo, motions of mirth:
Hush-a-hoo, though over all,
His ear can hear the planets fall.)

O'er and o'er and under all,
Every star is now a ball
For your little hands that are
O'er and o'er and under all.

(Hush-a-hoo, whirring of wings;
Hush-a-hoo, stirring of strings:
Hush-a-hoo, though in slumber deep,
His ear can hear my song of sleep.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Virgin's Slumber Song (Francis Carlin
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Nov 10 - 01:08 PM

The original poem was also reprinted in a 1956 book called The Year Around: Poems for Children. Here is the information about the musical setting, likely the one I heard. I still have not been able to find a recording.

The virgin's slumber song. w Francis Carlin, musical setting for four-part chorus of mixed voices with alto solo, a cappella: Lloyd Pfautsch
Type of Work:
Musical work
Registration Number / Date:
RE0000696059 / 1995-02-01
EP0000234820 / 1967-08-02
Title:
The virgin's slumber song. w Francis Carlin, musical setting for four-part chorus of mixed voices with alto solo, a cappella: Lloyd Pfautsch.
Basis of Claim:
New Matter: musical setting.
Variant title:
The virgin's slumber song.
Copyright Claimant:
Lloyd Pfautsch (A)
Names:
Francis Carlin


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Virgin's Slumber Song (Francis Carlin
From: GUEST,Rick Cameron
Date: 26 Apr 13 - 06:59 PM

My dad recited this poem to me when I was a child. My cheeks are soaked with tears remembering.


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