Coventry Carol
Sheet Music & Lyrics

Coventry Carol sheet music & lyrics for your worship group or Sunday School students. 

This song tells the sad but true story of the rage of King Herod, when he found that the Magi had left the country without revealing to him where the Christ Child was.

Coventry Carol sheet music & lyrics.

Page two of the music:


And a closeup of page one:


Please scroll down the page to find the links to the free printable PDFs.


The "Slaughter of the Innocents" is what the violence of King Herod against the babies of Bethlehem is called. 

Here is the same song, but in the key of Am, a closeup:


The key of Am is the easiest key of this particular arrangement to play.  If it is too difficult for your pianist, try the arrangement below:



This arrangement would still be considered an intermediate arrangement by most piano teachers, being rather "thick" with chords.

Here is a closeup of the beginning:


The keys of Em and Dm contain only one black key each, so they are next easiest to play.

They may also be easier for your group to sing, as they are set quite a bit lower!  And Em is a good key for violin and guitar.

Here are closeups of those two keys:

Lully, Lullay in the key of Dm


This dreadful account is told in the Bible in the book of Matthew, chapter 2:

Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.

This tragedy was foretold, cryptically, in the Old Testament hundreds of years before it happened, by the prophet Jeremiah, Jeremiah 31:15:

Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

Some may think this story is too harsh for children.  Certainly, younger children.

But as understanding of sin and death begin to grow in a child, and knowledge of the evil in our fallen world, I believe it is necessary to arm children with truth and increasing awareness of the harsh realities of our world.  God's beauty, love, and light shine brighter against the DARKNESS. 

This is about as gentle a re-telling of that story as you will find.

Many years ago, our pastor spoke words of comfort concerning this sad time in Jesus' history: These little boys were caught up into heaven and spared from growing up in Israel in this time of deep disbelief.  

Jesus wept over this nation as he looked on Jerusalem, saying, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often I would have gathered you to myself, as a hen gathers its chicks, but YOU WOULD NOT."

Life is about CHOICE.  





The piano sheet music links:


Download Coventry Carol sheet music in Am


Download Coventry Carol in Dm


Download Christmas carol sheet music in Em


Download Lullay Lulla music in Gm



The easiest arrangement, in Am only:


Download easy arrangement of Lully, Lullay for piano








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