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Advent 2009: “To the Land of Judea,” Frances K. Taylor

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 24, 2009

Frances Kingsbury Thomassen Taylor (1870-1952) studied piano and organ at the University of Utah and Columbia. Among other church service, she was the Secretary of the Primary General board 1910-1918, and the long-time organist for the ward I attend now. She authored an entire volume of “Kindergarten and Primary Songs,” and is best remembered today for the Primary songs beginning “I’m so glad when Daddy comes home, glad as I can be …” and “I know a name, a glorious name, dearer than any other …”

This lullaby was published in the 1927 Primary song book.


Rock a bye baby, lie close to me,
Mother will take you across the blue sea,
To the town in Judea, most blessed on the earth,
For God chose the place for our dear Saviour’s birth.

Shepherds were watching their lambkins that night,
Bright shone the star, such a wonderful light;
While Mary kept watch o’er the Father’s own son.
Then sleep, baby darling, my own little one.

Rock a bye baby, close your dear eyes,
Mother will sing of the three men so wise,
Who crossed the great desert the new king to see,
A tiny, wee baby, my sweet one, like Thee.

Shepherds were watching their lambkins that night,
Bright shone the star, such a wonderful light;
While Mary kept watch o’er the Father’s own son.
Then sleep, baby darling, my own little one.



3 Comments »

  1. This is very nice and we love it.

    Comment by Clark Potter — May 10, 2012 @ 11:33 am

  2. Oh, how can we thank you for putting this on the internet. I typed in the words today, trying to find this long-sought song, and here it is!

    Our mother taught it to us as children, and we also sang it in Junior Sunday School and in Primary. We treasure it. Now, a song I have sung as a lullaby to my children over the years, is found to be real, we will have the music, and it can be passed on to our posterity as a beloved song from our youth, if nothing more. I believe there will be more!

    Many thanks,

    Ann

    Comment by Ann Dibble Call — November 3, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

  3. So glad you took the time to leave your note, Ann — and so glad this song was part of Keepa’s Christmas years ago!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 3, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

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