Sleep, sleep, mother’s own pretty one (William Henry Bell)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-21)  CPDL #75577:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-21).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 497 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Sleep, sleep, mother’s own pretty one
Composer: William Henry Bell
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1902 Novello, Ewer, and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Sleep, sleep, mother’s own pretty one,
Sleep while the cradle doth rock thee in slumber;
Out in the west, all red with the setting sun,
Father is sailing,
’Mid the wind’s wailing;
Soon he’ll return, and joys without number,
Kisses and love he’ll bring to his little one,
Sleep, angels will keep father and mother and thee
Till the night is done, sleep, sleep.

Rest, rest, the lone waves are sighing,
Night all their beauty in blackness is steeping,
While mother watches where thou art lying,
Father is sailing,
’Mid the wind’s wailing,
Over the billows his frail bark is leaping,
Yet to thy cradle his thoughts home are flying,
Rest, angels blest, keep him and thee,
Now the day is dying, Rest, rest.