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.
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:
This dreadful account is told in the Bible in the book of Matthew, chapter 2:
This tragedy was foretold, cryptically, in the Old Testament hundreds of years before it happened, by the prophet Jeremiah, Jeremiah 31:15:
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:
The easiest arrangement, in Am only:
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