23126, SSA, $2.25
Date released: 2004
Your choir and congregation may not be familiar with this charming Christmas lullaby, so you must give them the opportunity to experience it with this lovely arrangement. The old English carol with words by Frances Chesterton possesses such serenity, and Hayes retains all of it in his setting. The simplicity of the beautiful melody, of the piano accompaniment, and of the vocal parts reflect perfectly the text that tells of little children earnestly seeking the Baby Jesus and resting with Him in the stable. Strophic in form, the 3rd verse begins with a short a cappella section that fits so well in the context of the piece. Every treble choir needs to consider programming this anthem in the coming holiday season.