Anon
(c.1605)

My little sweet Darling
(S.2Vn.Va.Vc.)
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Consort song (for voice with viols) from an early seventeenth century manuscript. It is ascribed in the medius part to William Byrd, but the weight of opinion deems the attribution wrong. Nevertheless, the piece is a wonderful miniature.
Lyrics: Anon

My little sweet darling, my comfort and joy,
Sing Lullaby lully,
In beauty surpassing the princes of Troy,
Sing Lullaby lully,
Now suck child, and sleep child,
Thy mother's sweet boy,
Sing Lullaby lully,
The gods bless and keep thee
From cruel annoy,
Sweet baby, Lullaby lully.