Lullaby of life (Henry David Leslie)

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  • (Posted 2020-12-06)  CPDL #61859:         
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2020-12-06).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 141 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Lullaby of life
Composer: Henry David Leslie
Lyricist: Samuel Stonecreate page

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published:
Description: Originally published by Novello and Co, Part-song book second series number 881

External websites:

Original text and translations

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Sleep little flower, whose petals fade and fall
O'er the sunless ground;
Ring no more peals of perfume on the air,
Sleep long and sound,
Sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep!

Sleep summer wind,
whose breathing grows more faint,
As night draws slowly nigh;
Cease thy sweet chanting in the cloistral woods,
And seem to die!
Sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep!

Sleep, thou great ocean, whose wild waters sink
Under the setting sun!
Hush the loud music of thy warring waves
Till night is done!
Sleep, sleep, sleep!

Sleep, thou tired heart, whose mountain pulses droop
Within the valley cold:
On pain and pleasures, fears and hopes of life
Let go thine hold!
Sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep!

Sleep, for 'tis only sleep, and there shall be new life
For all at day;
So sleep all, sleep all until the restful night
Has passed away, passed away!"
Sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep!