The Coventry Carol dates to 1534. It chronicles the masacre of the innocents by King Herod. This is another traditional carol that is heard more in England than in the U.S. The Coventry Carol is best performed by a large choir.
O sisters too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling for whom we sing
By, by, lully, lullay.
Herod the king, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might, in his own sight,
All children young to slay.
That woe is me, poor Child for Thee!
And ever morn and day,
For thy parting neither say nor sing,
By, by, lully, lullay