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Cradle song

Language: English after the English

Sleep, sleep, beauty bright,
Dreaming in the joys of night;
Sleep, sleep; in thy sleep
Little sorrows sit and weep.
 
Sweet babe, in thy face 
Soft desires I can trace,
Secret joys and secret smiles,
Little pretty infant wiles.
 
As thy softest limbs I feel
Smiles as of the morning steal 
O'er thy cheek, and o'er thy breast
Where thy little heart doth rest.
 
O the cunning wiles that creep
In thy little heart asleep!
When thy little heart doth wake, 
Then the dreadful night shall break.


Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

The text shown is a variant of another text.

It is based on

  • a text in English by William Blake (1757 - 1827), "A cradle song", written c1793, appears in Notebook, possibly intended for Songs of Innocence GER WEL
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Harry Hurlbutt Albino, Athanasios Aronis, Lee Ashton, Ernst Bacon, Granville Ransome Bantock, Sir, Benjamin Britten, Harry Brook, John Callis Brydson, Frederick Handel Candlyn, John Alden Carpenter, John Chorbajian, Rebecca Clarke, Bartley Currie, Brian Blyth Daubney, Duncan W. Dearle, William Edmondstoune Duncan, Thomas Frederick Dunhill, Paul N. Edmonds, Christopher Montague Edmunds, Paul Eisler, Arthur Farwell, Robert James Berkeley Fleming, Eleanor Everest Freer, John Linton Gardner, Percival Garratt, Rosy Auguste Geiger Kullman, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Frank Glazer, Richard Hageman, Philip Hagemann, Alfred Matthew Hale, Iain Ellis Hamilton, Fritz Bennicke Hart, Arthur Martinus Hartmann, Basil Harwood, Harold S. Johnson, Dorothy Hill Klotzman, Peter Lamb, Huub de Lange, Sven Lekberg, William H. London, John H. Major, Cameron McGraw, Margaret Starr McLain, Erkki Gustaf Melartin, Robin Humphrey Milford, Oskar Morawetz, Thomas Tertius Noble, George C. Palmer, Alexander Paucker, as Francis Chagrin, John Pointer, Arthur Poyser, Daniel Protheroe, Thomas Rajna, Reginald Redman, Hugh Stevenson Roberton, Sir, Dagmar de Corval Rybner, Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir, Alfred Lionel Stephens, Valma June Streathfield, Phyllis Margaret Duncan Tate, Jack Meredith Tatton, Robert George Thompson, Wesley Allan Ward, Rudolph T. Werther, Felix Harold White, John David White, Maude Valérie White, William Brocklesby Wordsworth. Go to the text.

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in English, original text by William Blake (1757 - 1827) , title 1: "A cradle song", c1793, from Notebook, possibly intended for Songs of Innocence WEL by Harry Hurlbutt Albino, Athanasios Aronis, Lee Ashton, Ernst Bacon, Benjamin Britten, Frederick Handel Candlyn, John Alden Carpenter, John Chorbajian, Rebecca Clarke, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Huub de Lange, Granville Ransome Bantock, Sir, Harry Brook, John Callis Brydson, Alexander Paucker, Duncan W. Dearle, Thomas Frederick Dunhill, Christopher Montague Edmunds, Fritz Bennicke Hart, Eleanor Everest Freer, Richard Hageman, Philip Hagemann, Basil Harwood, Arthur Martinus Hartmann, Sven Lekberg, Brian Blyth Daubney, George C. Palmer, Paul N. Edmonds, Paul Eisler, John Pointer, Arthur Poyser, Daniel Protheroe, Thomas Rajna, William Edmondstoune Duncan, Bartley Currie, Arthur Farwell, Robert James Berkeley Fleming, John Linton Gardner, Percival Garratt, Rosy Auguste Geiger Kullman, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Frank Glazer, Alfred Matthew Hale, Iain Ellis Hamilton, Harold S. Johnson, Dorothy Hill Klotzman, Peter Lamb, William H. London, Cameron McGraw, Margaret Starr McLain, John H. Major, Erkki Gustaf Melartin, Robin Humphrey Milford, Oskar Morawetz, Thomas Tertius Noble, Reginald Redman, Hugh Stevenson Roberton, Sir, Dagmar de Corval Rybner, Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir, Alfred Lionel Stephens, Valma June Streathfield, Phyllis Margaret Duncan Tate, Phyllis Margaret Duncan Tate, Phyllis Margaret Duncan Tate, Jack Meredith Tatton, Robert George Thompson, Wesley Allan Ward, Rudolph T. Werther, Felix Harold White, John David White, Maude Valérie White, Maude Valérie White, William Brocklesby Wordsworth.
  • Also set in Welsh (Cymraeg), a translation by William Evans (1883 - 1968) , under the bardic name "Wil Ifan", title unknown, copyright © ENG by Haydn Morris.

Text added to the website: 2011-01-13.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:12
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