Written during the composer’s composer-in-residence period at St Barnabas Cathedral, this work was premiered by the cathedral choir at the Family Christmas Concert of 2009.
The piece is nestled in a lush lullaby-like harmony with some obvious rocking allusions. The lullaby idea runs throughout and is highlighted through the numerous sparsely harmonised sections, as if a parent was singing to their child in a cradle.
Hush! My dear, lie still and slumber; Holy Angels guard thy bed! Heav’nly blessings without number, Gently falling on thy head.
Sleep, my babe; thy food and raiment House and home, thy friends provide; All without thy care and payment, All thy wants are well supplied.
How much better thou art attended Than the Son of God could be, When from Heaven he descended, And became a child like thee.
Soft and easy is thy cradle; Coarse and hard thy Saviour lay. When his birth place was a stable And his softest bed was hay.
Mayest thou live to know and fear him, Trust and love him all thy days, Then go dwell for ever near him, See his face and sing his praise.