Cradle song (Theodore F. Seward)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-05)  CPDL #77871:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-05).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 332 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Cradle song
Composer: Theodore F. Seward
Lyricist: Elizabeth Prentiss
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongLullaby

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1872 Biglow & Main

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Original text and translations

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Sleep, baby, sleep!
Thy father watches the sheep:
Thy mother is shaking the dreamland tree,
And down falls a little dream on thee;
  Sleep, baby, sleep!

Sleep, baby, sleep!
The large stars are the sheep;
The little stars are the lambs, I guess,
The fair moon is the shepherdess;
  Sleep, baby, sleep!

Sleep, baby, sleep!
And cry not like a sheep;
Else will the sheepdog bark and whine,
And bite this naughty child of mine;
  Sleep, baby, sleep!

Sleep, baby, sleep!
Away! and tend the sheep—
Away, thou black dog, fierce and wild,
And do not wake my little child!
  Sleep, baby, sleep!