The sleep that flits on baby's eyes (John Alden Carpenter)

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Editor: David Newman (submitted 2008-07-12).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Cross posting by Art Song Central.

General Information

Title: The Sleep that flits on Baby's Eyes
Composer: John Alden Carpenter
Lyricist: Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), from Gitanjali, published 1913

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Soprano solo
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1914 No title, from Gitanjali (Song Offerings), No. 3. - Lyrics from Gitanjali, published 1913

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Original text and translations

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The sleep that flits on baby's eyes,
does anybody know from where it comes?
Yes, there is a rumour that it has its dwelling
where, in the fairy village
among the shadows of the forest
dimly lit with glow-worms,
there hang two timid buds of enchantment.
From there it comes to kiss baby's eyes.