Historic Sheet Music Collection


Cradle Song

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Words by Eben E. Rexford
Music by Kate Vannah

Boston (178 Tremont St.): Louis H. Ross & Company

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[Verse 1]
Oh, lullaby, my baby. The bee has gone to sleep;
The dew is on the clover, and peace is on the deep
While Mother sings above thee a little slumber song
And prays beneath her singing,
“God save my babe from wrong”

Sleep, Sleep, Sleep, my baby,
Sleep, Sleep, baby Sleep.

[Verse 2]
Oh, lullaby, my baby.
The starts shine over head;
To light the way of angel who come about thy bed
To keep their watch above thee until the morning breaks,
And from the dreams they brought
My little darling wakes
[to Chorus]

Oh, lullaby, my baby dear,
Take thou this good night kiss,
And may it tell the darling what love a mother’s is
Take thou this kiss to dream of while I breath a prayer;
That God, Who gave, shall have thee forever in his care.
[to Chorus]


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