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Nursery Rhymes and Children's Prayers

Word count: 766

Song Cycle by Gary Bachlund

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1. Cobbler! Mend my shoe [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

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Cobbler! Cobbler! Mend my shoe.
Give it a stitch and that will do.
Here's a nail, and there's a prod,
And now my shoe is well shod.

Cobbler! Cobbler! Mend my shoe.
Get it done by half past two.
Stitch it up and stitch it down.
And then I'll give you half a crown.

Please mend my shoe.
Be done by two.
A stitch and that will do.
Look, here's a nail,
And there's a prod,
And now my shoe's well shod.

Cobbler! Cobbler! Mend my shoe.
Give it a stitch and that will do.
Here's a nail, and there's a prod,
And now my shoe is well shod.
Cobbler, now my shoe's well shod.


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2. Mary Had a Little Lamb [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Mary had a little lamb.
Its fleece was white as snow,
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day;
That was against the rule.
It made the children laugh and play,
To see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,
But still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about,
Till Mary did appear.

"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
The eager children cry.
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,"
The teacher did reply.

Mary had a little lamb.
Its fleece was white as snow,
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go.


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3. The Child and the Star [ sung text checked 1 time]

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CHILD:
 "Little star that shines so bright,
 Come and peep at me tonight,
 For I often watch for you
 In the pretty sky so blue.

 "Little Star! O tell me, pray,
 Where you hide yourself all day?
 Have you got a home like me?
 and a father kind to see?"

STAR:
 "O little Child, at you I peep,
 while you lie asleep;
 But when days break,
 I my homeward journey take.

 "For I've many friends on high,
 living with me in the sky,
 And a loving Father, too,
 Who commands what I'm to do."


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4. Pat-a-cake, Baker's Man [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake,
Baker's man,
Bake me a cake
As fast as you can.
Roll it and pat it,
And mark it with a "B",
And put it in the oven
For baby and me.

Sugar and spice,
that's all nice.
Little girls are worth the price.
Frogs and snails,
Puppies' tails,
Little boys make manly males.

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake,
Baker's man,
Bake me a cake
As fast as you can.
Roll it and pat it,
And mark it with a "B",
And put it in the oven
For baby and me.
Yes, bake me a cake for baby and me.


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5. Little Drops of Water [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Little drops of water,
little grains of sand,
make the mighty ocean
and the beauteous land.

Little seeds of mercy
sown by little hands,
grow to bless the nations
Even in far -off lands.

Little deeds of kindness,
little words of love,
make our earth an Eden,
like the heaven above.

And the little moments,
humble though they may be,
make the mighty ages
of eternity.


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6. The Rain Is Failing [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English after the English

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Based on
  • a text in English by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), "Rain", appears in A Child's Garden of Verses, first published 1885 ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Grace Wilbur Conant, Ethel Crowningshield, Natalie Burlin Curtis, Vladimir Drozdoff, Edward Falk, Carlisle Floyd, George Hugh Gartlan, Karl Wilson Gehrkens, Antonio Giacometti, Jan Masséus, Marvin Radnor, Floy Adele Rossman, Malcolm Benjamin Graham Christopher Williamson, Luigi Zaninelli. Go to the text.

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The rain is falling all around,
It falls on field and tree,
It rains on the umbrellas here,
And on the ships at sea.

The rain is falling all around,
On each and every hill,
It rains on all the houses here,
On every Jack and Jill.

Rain falls around us,
On all thirsty lands.
Rain drops on mountains,
And on sea-side sands.

The rain is falling all around,
It falls on field and tree,
It rains on the umbrellas here,
And on the ships at sea.
It rains on you and me.


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7. Rich Man, Poor Man [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Rich man, poor man,
Beggar-man, thief.
Gentleman, Apothecary,
Indian Chief.

Soldier brave and
Sailor true.
Skilled physician,
Oxford blue.

Gouty nobleman,
Squire so hale,
Dashing airman,
Curate pale.

Tailor, drummer and
Stealer of beef,
One knows joy
And one knows grief.

Lady, Lady, on the seashore
You have children,
One to four.
O Lady, dear Lady,
You've kids by the score.
The eldest is --
Why, he's twenty-four!

You ought to marry a...

Rich man, poor man,
Beggar-man, thief.
Gentleman, Apothecary,
Indian Chief.

Soldier brave and
Sailor true.
Skilled physician,
Oxford blue.

Gouty nobleman,
Squire so hale,
Dashing airman,
Curate pale.

Tailor, drummer and
Stealer of beef,
One knows joy
And one knows grief.


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8. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.

Guard me while I sleep tonight;
And wake me safe at dawn's first light,
For now I lay me down to sleep.
Dear Lord, it's you my soul doth keep.

God, bless out Mum,
Bless Dad too.
God help me to be true to you.


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