Cradle song (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #77954:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 468 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-10-18)  CPDL #55634:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-10-18).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 126 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Cradle song
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Etheldred Mary Smart

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, with Bass divisi.
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 8, no. 245

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Original text and translations

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Lullaby, the winds are singing
On thy mother's breast,
Night her mantle round thee flinging,
Rest, my baby, rest;
Grief and pain the hours may number,
Sleep from sorrow flies,
Soft and dreamless is the slumber,
Hovering o'er thine eyes.

Steeped in dew each bud and blossom
Slumbers on its stem,
Droop thy head on mother's bosom,
Sleep, my babe, like them.
Starry eyes in heaven above thee
Silent vigils keep,
While the arms of those that love thee
Rock thee to thy sleep.