"Dormi fili dormi" is from the point of view of Mary singing to the baby Jesus.

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The following was written about this song in 1881 in Littell's Living Age: "There exists another Latin cradle song, not indeed dating from classical times, but which, like the laconic effusion of the Roman nurse, forms a sort of landmark in the history of poetry. It is composed in the person of the Virgin Mary, and was in bygone days believed to have been actually sung by her. Good authorities pronounce it to be one of the earliest poems extant of the Christian era…"

Thanks and Acknowledgements

English Translation by Lisa Yannucci and Monique Palomares. Many thanks to Jean-Paul Lacombe for helping with the translation into French.

Illustration: Walter Satterlee