Cradle song (Walter Cecil Macfarren)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 369 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-11-05)  CPDL #55831:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-11-05).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 103 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Cradle song
Composer: Walter Cecil Macfarren
Lyricist: William Cox Bennett

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard or a cappella

First published: 1876 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 9, no. 267

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Original text and translations

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1  The bird is in its nest;
The bee is hushed in rest.
Rocked on thy mother's breast,
To thy mother's fond heart pressed,

2  The waning daylight dies,
The stars dream in the skies;
Daisies long have closed their eyes;
Calm, how calm! on all things lies,

3  Then sleep, my heart's delight,
And through the darksome night,
Round thy bed God's angels bright
Guard thee till I come with light,